The Spanish rescue boat Open Arms arrived this morning in a port near Algeciras. Aboard the vessel were 310 migrants who were rescued by the organization off the coast of Libya.
the Charity’s Founder Oscar Camps confirmed the vessel entered the Bay of Algeciras about 7am. It was “the only safe port available in the Mediterranean,” he wrote on Twitter. Italy and Malta had both refused to let the group dock in their ports.
Red Cross workers met the ship at Crinavis, to provide food, clothes and medical assistance, while police will seek to identify the migrants before transferring them to shelters.… Read all the news
More than 124 migrants aboard four boats have been rescued in the past 2 days in the Strait of Gibraltar, the majority from sub-Saharan Africa.
Between December 24 and 25 253 people on seven boats were found in the Western Mediterranean .
According to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), since the start of the year to December the 19, more than 63,085 migrants have illegally entered Spain, nearly three times as many last year.
Children smiled, laughed and ate chocolate on board the boat that rescued them and other migrants last week as charity workers showed them maps of Spain, where they are due to reach land today.… Read all the news
A TRIO of right wing parties have come to an agreement to end 36 years of socialist rule in Andalucia. Juan Manuel Moreno is set be the new leader of the Junta de Andalucia.
The PP leader in the region has got support of both Ciudadanos and Vox to lead parliament.
While the exact combination of the cabinet is still being negotiated, leader Moreno is expected to be sworn in this week.
Spanish police were filmed ramming suspected drug runners after a high-speed speedboat chase.… Read all the news
A man who pretended to be a priest for more than 18 years has been dismissed by the Catholic Church in Spain.
Miguel Angel Ibarra carried out weddings and baptisms, first in Colombia and then in southern Spain, despite having never been ordained.
Those ceremonies will still be recognised, the Church says, but not his communions or the confessions he heard.
He was found to be an impostor after a complaint was filed in Colombia.
Mr Ibarra moved to Spain last October, settling in the town of Medina-Sidonia in Cadiz Province.… Read all the news
Police dragged Catalan separatist protesters off highways this morning as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez began a cabinet meeting in the regional capital Barcelona in an attempt at reconciliation.
Dozens of protesters, some wearing high-visibility vests, sat on the AP 7 motorway, which runs down the Mediterranean coast as police in riot gear pulled them from the road. Some other roads were blocked with tyres.
One man was arrested in central Barcelona carrying materials that could be used to build an explosive device.… Read all the news
Prestige Oil Spill
The Supreme Court has ruled that the captain and the insurer of the Prestige oil tanker must pay more
than 1.5 billion euros in compensation for Spain’s biggest environmental disaster, when the vessel
sank in 2002.
The court said in a statement yesterday that captain and The London Mutual Insurance Association
shall pay the damages to Spain, France and authorities in Galicia as well as to another 269
companies, communities and individuals affected by the spill.
The tanker sprang a leak and sank off northwest Spain, polluting a long stretch of coastline and
ruining the area’s rich fishing grounds.… Read all the news
Statements provided by the self-confessed killer of a schoolteacher do not match the evidence found by investigators. The police have found “many traces of blood” inside Bernardo Montoya’s home in El Campillo, in Huelva.
An autopsy on Tuesday showed Laura Luelmo was sexually assaulted before her death, contrary to what Montoya has been claiming since his arrest.
Montoya said he killed the young woman but was unable to rape her.
Investigators believe that Montoya is trying to avoid being tried and sentenced to “permanent reviewable imprisonment,”.… Read all the news
THE National Police have arrested three fugitives who were hiding out in Spain to evade capture for different crimes in England, Germany and Venezuela.
The fugitives have been arrested for different crimes such as sexual violence, aggression and murder.
The arrests were made in Benidorm, Barcelona and Madrid.
a Serbian citizen was arrested in Barcelona for attempting to rape a woman whilst she was entering her home in Stolberg, Germany.
The Serbian criminal was caught at coffee bar in a downtown hotel in Barcelona.… Read all the news
According to Spanish media sources, Bernardo Montoya Navarro has confessed to the murder of 26 year old Laura Luelmo this morning.
Mr. Montoya has allegedly claimed that the teacher had asked him where she could find a local supermarket and he gave her a false address to lure her out into the open.
Montoya who recently was released from prison just a few months ago, reportedly stated that he wanted to start a new life in Cataluña where he had previously worked.… Read all the news
The murder of a 26-year-old woman who had crossed Spain for a teaching job has sparked outrage in the country, the latest high-profile case to put the spotlight on gender violence.
Laura Luelmo’s partially naked body was found near the southern village of El Campillo after five days of searching.
Drug addict Bernardo Montoya, 50, has been arrested in connection with the murder.
Montoya, who has a previous conviction for murder, was arrested by the Guardia Civil Yesterday.
He was captured after a brief chase on foot after his car was stopped.… Read all the news