By John Smith •
Published: 07 Dec 2020 • 16:17
Major General Formentín in the Balearics before retirement
Credit: Balearic Parliament Archives
AS Spain celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the constitution that saw the country return to democracy following the end of the Franco dictatorship, more than 250 retired senior military officers published a document attacking the Socialist-led coalition government.
This group included nine former officers who had served in Balearics with the most prominent being former commander general of the Balearics (from August 1998 to January 2002) Tomás Formentín who as retired Major General of the Army General Arms Corps, was one of the highest-ranking military personnel to sign the document.
This follows on from revelations that a separate group of retired air force officers who graduated during the dictatorship had created a WhatsApp group where they allegedly spoke about firing on Catalan independence supporters and referred to Franco as the “irreplaceable one.”
Of those now being investigated by the Spanish Government to see whether they had acted illegally, some were among the 73 former officers who wrote to King Felipe last month to criticise the coalition between the Spanish Socialist party and Podemos.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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