(SPAIN) Court Report: A notorious ex-police chief at the centre of a web of scandal is on trial for blackmail and corruption #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.14: The trial at the country’s top criminal court, the Audiencia Nacional, focuses on three investigations into Mr Villarejo’s activities and is expected to last until January.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC World a huge blackmail and corruption trial opens in Spain: Jose Manuel Villarejo, 70, is accused of secretly recording conversations with top businesspeople to blackmail them or destroy their reputations for other wealthy clients: Rise and fall of the Spanish state’s secret fixer

Villarejo arrives at court

CASE NOTES: He was arrested four years ago and leaks from tapes seized at his home have caused a sensation in Spain: If found guilty he faces a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison: However the wider allegations against Mr Villarejo involve Spain’s biggest tycoons, politicians and even members of the royal family: Mr Villarejo set up his own consulting firm Cenyt while still working for Spain’s National Police force. He is said to have abused his position to access police data in return for payments of millions of euros….

The three allegations making up the case have separate codenames:

  • Iron – a law firm is alleged to have hired Mr Villarejo to spy on a successful rival firm that had been set up by its ex-employees. It is said he was to gather sensitive information from police files to be used in a criminal allegation to cause the new firm reputational damage
  • Land – amid a bitter feud within the family behind a luxury Madrid property development, it is alleged Mr Villarejo was hired to find information that could help reallocate inheritance money and control of assets and to plant damaging information in the media
  • Pintor (“painter”) – two brothers are alleged to have asked Mr Villarejo in 2017 to blackmail another businessman into revoking his bankruptcy and agreeing to pay a debt of €1.5m ($1.75m; £1.25m). The allegation is based on recordings seized from Mr Villarejo

There are 27 other defendants in the case, including Mr Villarejo’s wife, police officials and company bosses.

Getty ImagesMr Villarejo’s taped conversations with King Juan Carlos I’s ex-lover Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein sent shockwaves across Spain

In total, police seized more than 40 terabytes of recordings and other information from Mr Villarejo upon his arrest in 2017.

He spent three years in custody before a court ordered his release in March. Upon his release he said he no longer wanted to defend himself and would co-operate with the investigation and “of course unmask everyone”.

Although not part of the current criminal case, some of Spain’s biggest businesspeople have been accused of using Mr Villarejo’s services. They include the former head of BBVA bank Francisco Gonzalez – whose lawyers have argued that the case against him is without foundation – and Ignacio Galan, the boss of Spain’s top energy firm Iberdrola. 

Mr Galan has been under investigation for bribery and fraud since June for allegedly asking Mr Villarejo to find compromising personal information on Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez, who also runs construction giant ACS. 

The suspected aim was to stop ACS from trying to take over Iberdrola. Iberdrola has said Mr Galan did nothing wrong.

In the political sphere, former Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz is suspected of trying to smear political opponents. He has said the allegations are not credible and do not constitute illegal behaviour.

And Spain’s former King Juan Carlos I, who is now living in exile in Dubai and denies wrongdoing, was alleged by his ex-mistress in a taped conversation to have pocketed money from a high-speed train contract with Saudi Arabia.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.14: 2021:

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(SCOTLAND) NCA REPORT: A 45-year-old man has been arrested by officers as part of an investigation into the attempted importation of almost a quarter of a tonne of cocaine in a bus in Sept.2020 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: The man, who is from Irvine in North Ayrshire, was detained as he stepped off a flight from Spain at Glasgow Prestwick Airport yesterday (9 October)…..

#AceDailyNews NCA Report: On the arrest of a ‘third man’ on a in Scotland over ‘cocaine coach’ that was intercepted in Dover that was on a flight from Spain to Glasgow …He was transported to Carlisle police station where he was questioned by investigators, before being released under investigation.

bus interior with concealment 10 Oct 21

CASE NOTES: The arrest forms part of an ongoing investigation which has already seen two men from the north west of England jailed for more than 30 years: Driver Christopher Bullows, from St Helens, and his passenger Mark Tucker, from Blackburn, were arrested after their coach was stopped at Dover Docks in September 2020: A search by Border Force uncovered the cocaine hidden in a specially constructed wastewater tank. The drugs would have been worth around £19.4 million if sold on the streets of the UK: In July this year Tucker was jailed for 16 years and Bullows for 14 years and four months at Canterbury Crown Court.

NCA Branch Commander Mark McCormack said: “This was a significant amount of cocaine and our investigation into this smuggling attempt continues: Drugs fuel violence and exploitation in our communities, and those involved in smuggling into the UK play a key role in that chain of criminality. We will do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the organised crime groups involved.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………………Published: Oct.11: 2021:

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(SPAIN) NCA REPORT: A man wanted by the for his suspected links to firearms and drug supply in the North West has been arrested on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: After his no show at Leeds Magistrates Court, the NCA issued a public appeal and an international warrant for his arrest: Last Thursday [30 September 2021], with the support of the Spanish National Police, he was located and arrested in Madrid, Spain:

#AceDailyNews Update report: Operation Venetic: Leeds man wanted by the NCA arrested in Spain: Clinton Blakey, 36, formerly of Dunstarn Drive in Leeds, failed to attend a court hearing last year after he was charged in relation to a Glock semi-automatic pistol, a Howa bolt-action rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition, seized at a property on Stainbeck Lane, Leeds Blakey’s original arrest followed on from Shepherd’s and was part of Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted communications platform EncroChat…..He appeared before a Spanish Court earlier this week [4 October] where proceedings for his extradition back to the UK began.

CASE NOTES: The firearms & ammunition he is suspected of being linked to were being held by Paul Shepherd, 43, a former professional footballer, who was convicted of possessing the guns and ammunition in June and awaits sentencing: Their arrests triggered a number of others across West Yorkshire, Merseyside and the North East: One of these was Gerard Wignall, 33, from Merseyside, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison after his DNA was found on the rifle in Shepherd’s house: Two further men, Carl O’Flaherty, 36, and Shane Kameka, 40, also from Leeds, were arrested for their involvement: O’Flaherty awaits sentencing and in July Kameka received a five month sentence for his part in arranging transport of the firearms: An additional man from Durham, Darryl Hall, 36, was arrested, charged, and is due to stand trial next year: Blakey was suspected of facilitating the transport of firearms and ammunition from Liverpool to Leeds where they were then stored by Shepherd.

NCA Operations Manager, Nigel Coles, said: Our team in the UK worked closely with our international liaison officer network and Spanish police to track Blakey down, leading to his re-arrest: Illegal firearms are used by criminals to threaten, intimidate, and destroy lives. No matter the lengths we need to go to, we never stop working to bring suspected firearms traffickers to account.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Oct.09: 2021:

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(BRUSSELS/LONDON) ECC REPORT: Negotiations will begin with U.K on working out agreement on Gibraltar, after it was prevented from being included in the 2020 bilateral Trade & Cooperation Agreement they said on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: The European Commission has today adopted a Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the opening of negotiations for an EU-UK agreement on Gibraltar. The Commission also presented its proposal for negotiating guidelines.

#AceDailyNews reports on EU-UK relations: Commission proposes draft mandate for negotiations on Gibraltar and its now for the Council to adopt this draft mandate, after which the Commission can begin formal negotiations with the United Kingdom…..

City of Gibraltar - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.10.2021
EC Commission

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s co-chair of the Joint Committee and Partnership Council, said: “By putting forward this draft mandate, we are honouring the political commitment we made to Spain to start the negotiations of a separate agreement between the EU and the UK on Gibraltar. This is a detailed mandate, which aims to have a positive impact for those living and working on either side of the border between Spain and Gibraltar, while protecting the integrity of the Schengen Area and the Single Market.”

Gibraltar was not included in the scope of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement agreed between the EU and UK at the end of 2020. The Commission committed to begin the negotiation of a separate agreement on Gibraltar, should Spain request so. That is why the Commission is now recommending that the Council authorises the launch of specific negotiations on Gibraltar.

Draft mandate

Today’s Recommendation builds upon the political understanding reached between Spain and the UK on 31 December last year. It is without prejudice to the issues of sovereignty and jurisdiction, and focuses on cooperation in the region.

The proposed negotiating directives put forward solutions to remove physical checks and controls on persons and goods at the land border between Spain and Gibraltar, while ensuring the integrity of the Schengen area and the Single Market. The proposals include rules establishing responsibility for asylum, returns, visas, residence permits, and operational police cooperation and information exchange.

Other measures are included in different areas, such as land and air transport, the rights of cross border workers, the environment, financial support, and establishing a level playing field. It envisages a robust governance mechanism, including a review of the implementation of the agreement after four years, the possibility for both parties to terminate the agreement at any time and the possibility of unilateral suspension of the application of the agreement under certain circumstances.

Spain, as the neighbouring Schengen Member State and as the Member State to be entrusted with the application and implementation of certain provisions of the future agreement, will be particularly affected by the agreement. The Commission will therefore maintain close contacts with the Spanish authorities throughout the negotiations and afterwards, taking their views duly into account.

With regard to external border control, in circumstances requiring increased technical and operational support, any Member State, including Spain, may request Frontex assistance in implementing its obligations. The Commission acknowledges that Spain has already expressed its full intention to ask Frontex for assistance.

Background

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement excluded Gibraltar from its territorial scope (Article 774(3)). On 31 December 2020, the Commission received a note of the proposed framework for a UK-EU legal instrument setting out Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU. The relevant services in the Commission have examined this in close consultation with Spain. Building upon the proposed framework and in line with Union rules and interests, the Commission has today adopted a Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the opening of negotiations for an EU-UK agreement on Gibraltar and presented its proposal for negotiating guidelines.

For more information: Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the opening of negotiations for an EU-UK agreement on Gibraltar*

*updated link 17:00 20/7/21:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.05: 2021:

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(LA PALMA) Volcano Eruption Latest Report: The eruption engulfed 410 acres of land and destroyed about 350 homes with boiling lava flowing down onto them as it heads to the ocean after a second vent opened up exposing new dangers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: (AP) — The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma shut down Saturday because of an ash cloud spewing out of a volcano that has been erupting for a week, and scientists said another volcanic vent opened up, exposing islanders to possible new dangers:

#AceDailyNews says that La Palma Island Volcanic Eruption Sends Lava Flowing to Residential Buildings and intensity of the eruption that began Sept. 19 has increased in recent days, prompting the evacuation of three additional villages on the island, part of Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off northwest Africa. Almost 7,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes: The recent volcanic eruption is the first since 1971 on La Palma, which has a population of 85,000.

The eruption engulfed 410 acres of land and destroyed about 350 homes

An image of a volcano on La Palma Island spewing lava near a village.
Desiree Martin/Getty Images

Elizabeth Gamillo – Sept.24, 2021:

Some experts suspect that the lava’s heat at a scorching 1,800 degrees could trigger landslides or explosions and release toxic gases when it reaches the ocean and collides with the ocean water.

On September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma Island exploded into a fury of red plumes and smoke that spewed lava 14,000 feet into the air, Renata Brito and Barry Hatton report or the Associated Press.

The volcano’s eruption is the first in 50 years in the Canary archipelago located off the northwestern coast of Africa, Raphael Minder reports for the New York Times. The stream-like lava flow engulfed nearby forests and homes, forcing 5,000 locals and 500 tourists to evacuate, Scott Neuman reports for NPR. The eruption followed a week of seismic activity where more than 22,000 tremors were reported, per Borja Suarez for Reuters.

“When the volcano erupted today, I was scared. For journalists, it is something spectacular, for us, it is a tragedy. I think the lava has reached some relatives’ houses,” Isabel Fuentes, a resident told Spanish television TVE, Reuters reports. “I was five years old when the volcano last erupted (in 1971). You never get over a volcanic eruption.”

La Palma is the smallest of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Just before the eruption, a 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook the island, reports the New York Times. Since the volcano’s eruption, streams of lava from five fissures on the side of the volcano continued to spill out. On the first day following the eruption, lava was moving at a whopping 2,300 feet per hour, reports the Associated Press. One 2,000-foot-wide lava stream finally slowed to 13 feet per hour after reaching a plain on Wednesday, per AP. 

Lava from a volcano eruption flows on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A volcano on a small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean erupted on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. pic.twitter.com/CKx3ygb4T0— Emilio Morenatti (@EmilioMorenatti) September 23, 2021

La Palma Island Volcanic Eruption Sends Lava Flowing to Residential Buildings
Europa Press News/Getty Images

Since the volcano’s eruption, streams of lava from five fissures on the side of the volcano continued to spill out.

By Thursday, September 23, the lava flow’s advancement slowed, along with the seismic activity, but molten rock was still spewing from the volcano, per the Associated Press. Nearly 26 million cubic meters of molten rock have been emitted so far. Some experts suspect that the lava’s heat at a scorching 1,800 degrees could trigger landslides or explosions and release toxic gases when it reaches the ocean and collides with the water, reports Tereza Pultarova for Space.com

“The lava is advancing very slowly because it cools in contact with the atmosphere, through friction with the ground and building materials and, above all, because its front edge is widening out,” explains Starvos Meletlidis, a volcanologist with Spain’s National Geographic Institute, to the Associated Press.https://www.youtube.com/embed/ODCR6ypRO8E

In some places, as the lava flow slowed and grew thicker, it rose to 50 feet high. In total, the lava has covered 410 acres and destroyed roughly 350 homes. Scientists suspect the flows could last a few weeks or months. Also known as the Old Summit, Cumbre Vieja’s last eruption persisted for three weeks, reports Nicoletta Lanese for Live Science.

Multiple videos of the lava flowing into the nearby village of El Paso have been shared on social media platforms. In some videos, homes were seen engulfed by lava, including one that shows molten rock spilling into a swimming pool. About 400 firefighters and emergency workers have been sent from other islands in the Canary archipelago to assist with any fires caused by the lava flows, reports Al Goodman and Vasco Cotovio for CNN.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Sept.26: 2021:

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(CANARY ISLANDS) Volcano Report: An eruption on one of Spain’s islands for the first time in 50 years has already engulfed some 100 homes, prompting the evacuation of thousands, the latest figures showed on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.21: The eruption has forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people, including some 500 tourists, according to a Monday update from local officials: Authorities said they were hopeful more people would not need to be evacuated.

#AceDailyNews says that La Palma (Spain): La Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts after volcano erupted on Sunday,after a week of heightened seismic activity.It is located on La Palma, the fifth-largest island in the Spanish archipelago that sits in the Atlantic Ocean off the western coast of Morocco…..

https://twnews.co.uk/gb-news/la-palma-volcano-latest-brits-flee-in-panic-as-canary-island-crater-erupts-forcing-5-000-peope-to-evacuate

Damage only material

Local TV station Radio Television Canaria (RTVC) showed footage of red-hot lava and dust emanating from the Cumbre Vieja National Park in the south of the island.

No fatalities have been reported but the volcano was still active on Monday, while some houses continued to burn. 

Volcanologist Nemesio Perez said there were unlikely to be fatalities, adding that people had so far refrained from reckless behavior.

Around 100 houses were destroyed by Monday, Mariano Hernandez, president of La Palma’s council, told Cadena Ser radio.

Canary Islands regional President Angel Victor Torres told Spanish state broadcaster TVE that no injuries had been reported so far.

The fire brigade was brought in to fight forest fires caused by the eruption.

Flights to and from the Canaries — which are popular with European tourists — were continuing as normal, airport operator Aena said.

  • Lava and ash ejected from side of mountainDW News: Spain: La Palma volcano erupts — in picturesVolcano ejects red-hot lavaSunday’s eruption on La Palma sent jets of lava and a plume of smoke and ash into the air from the Cumbre Vieja National Park. La Palma is the fifth-largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, which sit in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Morocco.

Swift evacuation operations

On Sunday, emergency services immediately began to evacuate around 2,000 residents, authorities said, having started moving those with reduced mobility earlier in the day.

Spain’s Civil Guard initially announced it may need to evacuate up to 10,000 residents, but a later update by authorities on Sunday said 5,000 evacuations may suffice for the time being.

“People are asked to be extremely careful and to stay away from the eruption zone to avoid needless risk,” the government had warned immediately after the eruption.

Sunday’s eruption follow a series of earth tremors this week, measured at 3.8-magnitude, whose vibrations were felt on the surface.

More than 22,000 tremors were recorded in the area — one of the most active volcanoes in the Canary Islands

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez flew to La Palma on Sunday evening to see the eruption for himself.

Earlier, he said state organizations were ready to support La Palma “in a coordinated manner.”

Itahiza Dominguez, head of seismology at Spain’s National Geology Institute, told RTVC that it was too early to tell how long this eruption would last.

He added that prior “eruptions on the Canary Islands lasted weeks or even months.”

The volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park

La Palma has several volcanic craters including San Antonio (pictured)

Eruption area is sparsely populated 

The island of La Palma, one of several in the Canary Islands group, has around 83,000 residents.

Along with Tenerife, La Palma is the most volcanically active of the islands. 

Sunday’s eruption is the eighth since records began and the first on La Palma since 1971.

The last eruption on any of the Canary Islands occurred underwater off the coast of El Hierro island in 2011. That event lasted five months.

Unlike the better-known islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife, La Palma is not a popular tourist destination.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.21: 2021:

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(SPAIN) LATEST: Around 2,000 people have left their homes after wildfires broke out in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsRepor – Sept.13: The Spanish government has deployed a military unit to help firefighters in the mountainous region: Six more towns and villages were evacuated on Sunday, and huge plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away: Residents of five other communities were told to leave their homes on Friday.

#AceDailyNews says that thousands have fled a huge blaze near Costa del Sol town with at lease one emergency worker being killed in the blaze, which began on Wednesday on high ground above the popular resort town of Estepona on the Costa del Sol according to BBC News Espana …

A general view of an area devastated by the forest fire in Sierra Bermeja, Malaga, Spain
BBC Spain

The blaze has burned 7,400 hectares, according to Spanish media.

“This is inhuman, nothing like this has ever been seen,” one evacuee, Adriana Iacob told Reuters news agency. “The flames of the fire as they ran through the mountains, it was amazing.”

“Since the fire started, we haven’t slept for days. It’s awful,” another local resident, Pepa Rubio, said.

Europe has seen a number of wildfires this summer.A look at some of the fires spreading across Europe – and the rest of the globe

Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires.

The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.13: 2021:

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(MARBELLA) EXCLUSIVE: A popular cake maker has vanished after being accused of taking deposits from ‘dozens’ of wedding clients in Spain #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: The self-professed ‘Queen of amazing cakes’ Omaya Koreitem disappeared after deleting her social media accounts and failing to fulfil orders.

#AceDailyNews says Marbella cake maker vanishes leaving ‘dozens’ of wedding clients out of pocket in Spain: One client of her company Cake Couture Marbella claims to have paid €350 for a cake for his big day this summer The Olive Press was unable to get a comment from Cake Couture despite various attempts over the past week.

15 Aug, 2021 @ 14:15

Ryan Archie has taken to social media for advice after he heard nothing from Koreitem as the big day approached.

“This is leaving us without a cake on our wedding day,” said the British groom. 

“I paid a 50% deposit, which was still a good chunk of money. It was a big cake. 

“Now we can’t get in contact with them and have had no reply on Facebook, Instagram or by email.

“She (Koreitem) is continuing to take deposits and make false promises to couples. This is fraud and is ruining people’s special day.”

Omaya Koreitem Facebook (1)

Omaya Koreitem/Facebook

A Facebook page now set up dedicated to those affected suggests that dozens ‘at least’ have been left out of pocket.

Another person affected by the scandal, who asked to remain anonymous, first contacted Koreitem on Facebook when she paid a deposit for a client’s cake but then couldn’t get hold of Koreitem. 

“No one seems to know what happened,” she said. 

Another Marbella wedding planner, who wished to remain unnamed, told the Olive Press she and her clients had been left ‘devastated’ by the scam. 

The 45-year-old wedding organiser first started working with Koreitem in 2012 after she came highly recommended. The British wedding planner only became suspicious when she received an automated message this year that said Koreitem had changed her number. 

Two of her clients are waiting on cakes, with a total loss of €725 in deposits. 

She said:  ‘I asked her where she had moved to and she said Saint Martins and that I was welcome to visit anytime. I mentioned Monica was looking for her and she acted surprised but then I said that I also had cakes booked with her and she asked me to send the details as she didn’t recall.

‘Since then she has unfriended me on Facebook, taken down her page on Instagram and is not answering any messages on WhatsApp or email.’

Deception

“My clients are devastated as am I. We really don’t need this kind of deception and thieving at any point but even less so when everyone has had such a tough time. 

“It makes us look bad on the coast.”

While a Twitter page and website still exist for Cake Couture, which was set up over two decades ago, the Instagram and Facebook pages for the business have been taken down.

Another wedding planner, who had commissioned the company to make several cakes, told the Olive Press that she has apparently changed her phone number to a new one in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. 

Woman Cutting Wedding Cake

Cordon Press

“It is such a shame as Koreitem was the go-to cake designer for very large extravagant cakes,” she said.

“I am aware of five wedding companies who have clients who booked cakes with her. 

“I just don’t understand why she was taking deposits and final payments but hadn’t arranged for anyone to take over the cakes which would have been the right thing to do. 

“I know many businesses are suffering particularly in the events sector but there are ways of not letting clients down. She should be letting clients know rather than ignoring calls and messages for weeks.” 

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.16: 2021:

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(SPAIN) JUST IN: A suspected boss of Italy’s powerful ‘Ndrangheta mafia clan, which controls much of Europe’s cocaine trade, has been arrested after being on the run #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: Dubbed the “boss of the bosses”, Paviglianiti, 60, had been on the run for two years: The ‘Ndrangheta is one of the world’s richest criminal groups, operating from Calabria in southern Italy……

#AceDailyNews says the notorious ‘Ndrangheta’ mafia fugitive arrested after two years on the run: Domenico Paviglianiti, one of Italy’s most wanted fugitives, was detained on the streets of Madrid, officials say.

Domenico Paviglianiti arrested in Madrid
Domenico Paviglianiti was arrested on the streets of Madrid carrying six mobile phones

Officers hunted the fugitive down following a joint operation carried out by Italian and Spanish authorities.

Paviglianiti had six mobile phones, nearly €6,000 (£5,000) in cash and fake Portuguese documentation on him when he was arrested on Tuesday while leaving his house.

Wanted for his role in crimes committed in the 1980s and 1990s, including murder and drug trafficking, Paviglianiti was first arrested in Spain in 1996.

He was extradited three years later to Italy, where he was convicted and began serving a life sentence. But in 2019 he was released early due to an error in his sentencing.

He fled to Spain, where he was allegedly helped by family members who live there.

An Italian court handed Paviglianiti a fresh 11-year jail sentence in absentia in January for a series of crimes, including murder and criminal association with the aim of drug trafficking.

Police believe Paviglianiti is the head of a ‘Ndrangheta clan, overseeing shipments of cocaine from South America.

The ‘Ndrangheta has amassed huge wealth importing cocaine from Latin America and hashish from North Africa into Europe.

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(SPAIN) NCA/SNP REPORT: Seven British fugitives have been arrested in the space of just three weeks as a result of joint operations #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.24: The fugitives – all men – are wanted in the UK for various unrelated offences including supplying Class A and B drugs, supplying firearms, causing wounding with intent and conspiracy to rob…..

#AceDailyNews reports that the NCA & Spanish National Police (SNP) have arrested seven British fugitives in Spain in just three weeks for ‘drug & firearms offences’ and causing wounding with intent & conspiracy to rob: The suspects remain in custody awaiting extradition proceedings.

The flurry of arrests were executed by the Spanish National Police with support from the NCA’s international liaison officer network, Interpol Manchester and UK police partners.

In late June one suspect, aged 45, was arrested in Estepona, southern Spain. He was wanted by the NCA in connection to a 40kg cocaine conspiracy.

In the early hours of 4 July, a 27-year-old man was arrested in Marbella for allegedly causing wounding with intent. He is wanted by Greater Manchester Police.

Another UK national wanted by West Midlands Police, was arrested on 5 July in Fuengirola, southern Spain, on suspicion of cocaine and firearms supply.

On 6 July two brothers aged 37 and 35, also wanted by GMP, for allegedly supplying cocaine were arrested in Alicante.

A day later a 36-year-old man wanted by Merseyside Police was arrested in Estepona for allegedly supplying firearms and Class A and B drugs.

On 12 July, a 26-year old man wanted by Greater Manchester Police was arrested in Fuengirola in connection to affray with a machete.

The NCA’s international liaison officers worked with Spanish partners and the Crown Prosecution Service to execute the arrests – some under pre-existing European Arrest Warrants, and some under new Trade and Cooperation Agreement warrants.

Dave Hucker Head of European Operations at the NCA, said: “Seven arrests in just three weeks is the result of some very hard work by the Agency with our Spanish partners – who have allocated critical resources and operated quickly to secure these arrests: Fugitives should know that the NCA work hand in glove with international law enforcement partners, and that we therefore have significant reach: At home and abroad we will never give up on finding offenders who have fled justice.”

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(SPAIN) LATEST A judge has ordered an autopsy for John McAfee, creator of the McAfee antivirus software, a gun-loving antivirus pioneer, cryptocurrency promoter after his seeks investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: He was an occasional politician who died in a cell pending extradition to the United States for allegedly evading millions in unpaid taxes:

John McAfee’s Widow says he was not suicidal, seeks ‘thorough’ investigation into his death after his wife Janice leaves the Brians 2 penitentiary center in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, near Barcelona, northeast Spain, Friday, June 25, 2021.

McAfee’s Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, said the entrepreneur’s death had come as a surprise to his wife and other relatives, since McAfee “had not said goodbye.” (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

SANT ESTEVE SESROVIRES, Spain (AP) — The widow of John McAfee, the British-American tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week while awaiting extradition to the United States, on Friday demanded a “thorough investigation” of his death, saying her husband did not appear suicidal when they last spoke.

Authorities in Spain are conducting an autopsy on McAfee’s body but have said that everything at the scene in his cell indicated that the 75-year-old killed himself.

An official source familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that a suicide note had been found in McAfee’s pocket. The source, who was not authorized to speak about an ongoing judicial inquiry, refused to comment on the content of the note.

McAfee’s Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, said that the family had not been informed by authorities about the note.

In her first public remarks since the software entrepreneur’s death on Wednesday, McAfee’s widow Janice McAfee said she wanted a “thorough investigation” to provide “answers about this was able to happen.”

“His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,’” the 38-year-old told reporters outside the Brians 2 penitentiary northwest of Barcelona where she recovered her late husband’s belongings. She said they spoke earlier on the day he was found dead.

“Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal,” she added.

John McAfee was arrested at the Barcelona airport in October last year on a warrant issued by prosecutors in Tennessee who were seeking up to three decades of imprisonment for allegedly evading more than $4 million in taxes.

The day before he was found dead, Spain’s National Court had announced that it was agreeing to his extradition to the U.S. but the decision was not final.

“We had a plan of action already in place to appeal that decision,” Janice McAfee told reporters. “I blame the U.S. authorities for this tragedy: Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead.”

The National Court judge said John McAfee had provided no evidence to back his allegations that he was being politically persecuted. “On the contrary, according to his own testimony, he took part in primaries of a certain party to defend his convictions with a result little favorable to him,” the judge wrote in the ruling seen by AP.

In an e-mailed statement, the U.S. State Department confirmed for the first time the tycoon’s death, offering the family condolences. It said: “We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate assistance to the family. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”

Results of McAfee’s autopsy could take “days or weeks,” authorities have said.

The couple reportedly met in 2012 in Miami and married the following year. John McAfee had several children from previous relationships, Janice McAfee said.

The entrepreneur had not been connected with the companies that took over the antivirus software he built after he sold his shares in the 1990s. That early success had made McAfee rich and followed him in his troubled biography.

In 2012, he was sought for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor in Belize, but was never charged with a crime. The controversy didn’t stop him from making long-shot runs for the U.S. presidency starting in 2016.

But it was his more recent tax problems that kept him away from the U.S., the country where the British-born entrepreneur was raised and had built his early success.

The Tennessee prosecutors’ indictments from 2020 showed that the tycoon allegedly failed to declare income made by promoting cryptocurrencies, attending speaking engagements and selling the rights for a documentary on his eventful life.

“Even though he was born in England, America was his home,” Janice McAfee said. “He came there when he was a child. He had his first girlfriend there, his first case, you know, his first job. He made his first millions there and he wanted to be there. But, you know, politics just wouldn’t allow for that to happen.”

John McAfee’s social media postings indicated that he had chosen a northeastern Spanish coastal resort town as his base in Europe at least since late 2019.

“All John wanted to do was spend his remaining years fishing and drinking,” his widow said on Friday. “He had hope that things would work out. We knew that there would be an uphill battle to continue to fight this situation. But he’s a fighter … And anybody that knows John, that knows him even a little bit, knows that about him.”

“He was just so loving. He had a big heart and he just loved people and he just wanted to have peace in his life,” Janice McAfee added. “My prayers are that his soul has found the peace in death that he could not find in life.”

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Parra reported from Madrid.

Source: Associated Press

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(MOROCCO) #MigrantCrisis Report: The Spanish military has intercepted illegals as thousands of people – including children – swum into the enclave of Ceuta on the north African coast after taking advantage of relaxed border controls #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.19: By Tuesday morning, around 6,000 people had crossed the border by sea into the Spanish city since the first arrivals began early on Monday. Of those, 1,500 are thought to be teenagers:

CEUTA: Military intercept migrants as 6,000 including children swim from Morocco to Spanish enclave as Spain’s government has deployed troops to the region – with patrols of the north African enclave starting “immediately”.

Footage showed the armed forces arriving on beaches and detaining some of those trying to cross.

Thousands of migrants swam into Ceuta. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters
Thousands of migrants swam into Ceuta. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters

Spain returns 1,500 of 6,000 migrants to Morocco after Ceuta entry

18 May ,2021: 01:33 PM GST

Spain returned to Morocco 1,500 of some 6,000 migrants who entered its Ceuta enclave as hundreds more tried to reach its other north African enclave Tuesday, prompting the premier to cancel a Paris trip. 

The massive influx, which was a record number for a single day, had steadily made their way into Ceuta throughout the day on Monday, prompting a crisis in the tiny territory which is home to some 84,000 people.

By Tuesday lunchtime some 2,700 migrants had been returned.

Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has said that every person who entered Ceuta illegally will be expelled.

“We are going to restore order to the city and its borders,” he said.

He added that the sudden increase in migrants is a serious crisis for Spain and Europe, and that he will be travelling to the region soon.

More on Migrant Crisis

Spain had previously announced that troops would be deployed to the region, with border patrols starting “immediately”.

Around 200 extra police officers have been sent to Ceuta, with 1,200 constables already in the region.

Soaked migrants, either swimming or paddling in inflatable boats, were still arriving on Tuesday although in smaller numbers due to the heightened police and military response on the Spanish side of the border.

A spokesperson for the Spanish authorities said one person died during the migration.

Adults were being transferred to a football stadium before being returned to Morocco, while minors were being sent to an industrial building.

Ceuta, with a population of 80,000, is located across the Mediterranean from Gibraltar, and shares a land border with Morocco.

Thousands of migrants swim to Spain enclave
Spanish civil guards met the migrants. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters
Spanish civil guards met the migrants. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters

Film showed the crowds traversing the waters on Monday, with many people shown running or giving thumbs up as they entered the Spanish territory.

Ceuta and Melilla – which is 150 miles further east – commonly attract African migrants looking to get to Europe.

Spanish television has reported that about 85 people had scaled the border fence to get into Melilla.

Foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told national radio that people who crossed the border illegally are already being returned to Morocco.

She added that Spain will “keep a cool head”.

Tensions between Spain and Morocco are on the rise following the hospitalisation of Brahim Ghali.

Mr Ghali is the leader of the Algerian-backed Polisario Front, which contests Morocco’s claim on the Western Sahara region.

Morocco has been angered by Spain admitting the 71-year-old to the country – with the north African state saying this was done under a false name and without informing them.

Reuters also reports that Mr Ghali is being treated in a Spanish hospital.

Foreign minister Gonzalez Laya added that she believed the migrant influx was not in retaliation for Mr Ghali’s treatment.

Brahim Ghali is reportedly in hospital in Spain
Brahim Ghali is reportedly in hospital in Spain

She said: “I cannot speak for Morocco but what they have told us a few hours ago, this afternoon, is that this is not due to the disagreement (over Ghali).

“Spain has been very clear and detailed about the case. It’s simply a humanitarian issue.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: May.19: 2021:

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(SPAIN) Guardia Civil Report: Seven people, five men and two women, are now being investigated for crimes against historical heritage after the theft of a an Armada cannon looted by fishermen #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.06: The investigation by the Guardia Civil began after a group of shellfish fishermen reported discovering three bronze cannons in the sea on April 14 in Punta de Espiñeirido, northern Spain:

Guardia Civil recover 16th century cannon from Spanish Armada looted by fishermen: Seven people, five men and two women, are now being investigated for crimes against historical heritage after the theft of a cannon, which is thought to have belonged to a ship sent by Spain’s Felipe II to fight the English in 1596 as part of the “2nd” Spanish Armada, in revenge for the English sacking of Cádiz in 1596 according to Spanish News today

Guardia Civil

Nearly 5,000 men died during the fierce storm which struck the Spanish fleet off Cape Finisterre, and 38 ships were lost.

Excited by the possibility that this could be a major wreck site, the Xunta de Galicia sent a team to the site the following day, but were only able to locate two of the three guns in spite of a concerted search. Suspicion was immediately aroused that the third cannon had been stolen, a hypòthesis which was confirmed when video footage emerged showing one of the cannons being lifted by a rope whilst it was being stolen.

Police rapidly identified those who had taken part in the alleged theft and during the course of the investigation, one of the  suspects handed the cannon over to the investigating officers.

The cannon was subsequently moved to the Museo del Mar in Vigo (Pontevedra) for assessment and conservation.

Work will now begin to stabilise the metal to prevent deterioration and experts will also work to learn more about the history of the three cannon and try to identify the vessel from which they came.

It’s unusual for artefacts of this nature to be lying on the seabed without forming part of a wrecksite, for which reason it is completely illegal to remove any archaeological artefact from the seabed.

Divers or fishermen locating any historical artefact should photograph their find and take GPS co-ordinates, before reporting the find to the Guardia Civíl.

This is because the removal of artefacts can compromise the evidence about a wreck and destroy valuable archaeological information, as well as encouraging the illegal re-sale of historical artefacts recovered from the sea. It can also be extremely dangerous; many remnants of armed conflicts lie off the Spanish coastline and unexploded bombs, mines and artillery shells are still found frequently by leisure divers; on occasions, by now defunct leisure divers who ignored the instructions not to touch anything found on the seabed.

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(SPAIN) JUST IN: #MigrantCrisis Groups of 20 to 30 people departed all day Sunday to reach the Spanish enclave. Three people were hospitalized for hypothermia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: More than seven kilometers separated them from their destination. Around 100 migrants swam from northern Morocco on Sunday to reach the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the North African coast, the Spanish Civil Guard reported on Monday (April 26th)

Spain: 100 more illegal Muslim migrants swim to Ceuta, three hospitalized for hypothermia: From Morocco, a hundred migrants reach Ceuta by swimming,” translated from “Partis du Maroc, une centaine de migrants atteignent Ceuta à la nage,” FranceInfo, April 26, 2021:

They left the Moroccan beaches near Fnideq (also called Castillejos), south of Ceuta, “some arrived as far as the beach [of Ceuta] by their own means,” detailed a spokesperson for the Civil Guard, while the majority had to be rescued and get on “our boats” to reach the Spanish enclave. “It’s not usual, there may be groups of three, four or five, but as many, no.”

Minors among migrants

No death or injury has been recorded on the Spanish side among this “hundred” migrants, including minors, who went swimming “all day long” in “groups of 20 or 30,” along the coast in the distance. On the other hand, three people were hospitalized for hypothermia. Five other people swam into Ceuta on Monday, the civil guard said.

Migrants from Morocco regularly try to reach Ceuta by sea; it is separated from Morocco by a huge security barrier. Ceuta and Melilla, the other Spanish enclave located on the Moroccan coast, constitute the only land borders of the European Union with Africa, and are regularly the scene of attempts at forcible entry by migrants.

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(SPAIN) JUST IN: Police have arrested 100 suspected gang members, accused of smuggling drugs from Morocco to Spain in speedboats #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: In raids across southern Spain and in France, some 5,270kg of cannabis was found:

Spain drug bust: ‘Speedboat smugglers’ arrested: ‘The gang is known as Monparlet, the Civil Guard said in a statement.

Posted 13h ago

Play Video. Duration: 41 seconds
Police in Spain have arrested 100 gang members who smuggled drugs by speedboat.

The suspects transported the drugs inland using Spain’s Guadalquivir River, then disguised them in fruit trucks to drive towards France.

They would then allegedly supply dealers across Europe.

Some 5,040kg of hashish (resin) and 230kg of marijuana (weed) were located.

Police said the extensive organised crime network had a “powerful infrastructure” to carry out criminal work “all over the Andalusia coast”, and there was even a dedicated team to ensure the speedboats were always fuelled up and ready to go.

Map: Sotogrande

“One branch of the organisation launched the boats down the Guadalquivir River, another sent drugs to Europe in trucks from a warehouse located in Dos Hermanas, and a third carried out refuelling tasks from marinas located between La Línea and Manilva,” the Civil Guard statement said.

The gang is also accused of supplying other criminal groups with boats, crews, food and fuel.

In the raids, officers also seized a fake rifle, a stun gun, navigation and communication equipment and vehicles they say were used to smuggle the drugs.

Spanish Civil GuardSpanish police say the suspects used fruit trucks to drive the drugs towards France to supply dealers across Europe

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(SPAIN) Coronavirus Travel Report: The country is to require people arriving by land from France to present a negative Covid-19 test, the Health Ministry said, amid rising numbers of French arrivals and an uptick in the case rate #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Mar.28: The new requirement will not apply to truck drivers, cross-border workers, and people who live within 30km of the border.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ‘Spain introduces test rules for land arrivals from France: ‘Anyone arriving by land from risk areas will have to present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that was taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival’

The order will take effect three days after its publication in the Official State Gazette and until the government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The rate, which is measured over the preceding 14 days, rose yesterday to 138.6 per 100,000 people from 134 on Thursday, the Health Ministry said: It reported 7,586 new cases, bringing Spain’s overall tally to 3.26 million. The death toll rose by 590 to 75,010.

A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)
A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)

Many French people, weary of their own lockdown, have been flocking over the border to enjoy open bars and restaurants in areas such as Madrid.

But Spain’s coronavirus infection rate has continued to climb steadily over the past week, suggesting a long decline could be in danger of reversing.

The Health Ministry said risk areas were those classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The centre’s map shows that includes the whole of France

Johnson criticises ‘disgraceful’ attacks on police at protest: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly criticised “disgraceful attacks” on police officers after protests in Bristol against a new policing bill turned violent, resulting in ten arrests.

“Last night saw disgraceful attacks against police officers in Bristol. Our officers should not have to face having bricks, bottles and fireworks being thrown at them by a mob intent on violence and causing damage to property,” Mr Johnson said in a tweet.

“The police and the city have my full support.”

Police in riot gear beat back crowds of protesters with shields and batons.

Bristol has been a centre of protests against a bill that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.

Last Sunday, two police officers were seriously injured and at least two police vehicles set on fire in the city after a peaceful protest turned violent.

Local police said the disorder last night followed a protest involving more than 1,000 people. Large gatherings are currently not allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“The majority of people acted peacefully, however there was a minority who showed hostility to officers,” said Bristol police commander Mark Runacres. He added that three of the ten people arrested were also detained in connection to last Sunday’s disorder.

“Officers repeatedly encouraged people to disperse but once the atmosphere changed and people became physical it was necessary to take action.”

Philippine to reimpose stricter curbs in capital after surge in cases

The Philippines will reimpose stricter quarantine measures in the capital Manila and nearby provinces, a senior official said, as the country battles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that put a bigger strain on hospitals.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the measures would be in effect from 29 March to 4 April.

The health ministry reported 9,595 new coronavirus cases, marking the second straight day the daily jump in infections remained above 9,000.

The country posted a record rise in three of the past five days.

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SPAIN: ‘ Changing law to grant citizenship to descendants of Jews persecuted in 1942 ‘

#AceNewsReport – SPAIN:June.12: The Spanish government is correcting “a historic mistake,” as the nation passes a new law looking to become home to the descendants of many Jews, who were exiled, burned at the stake or forcefully converted in 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition.

The bill, which comes into force in October, will give citizenship to thousands across the globe with Jewish ancestry, known as Sephardic Jews, provided they can prove their ancestry.

The new law passed on Thursday was greatly anticipated by the descendants of many Jews, who suffered at the hands of the Spanish.

Under the previous law of 1924, the government would grant them Spanish citizenship on two conditions: that they were residents of Spain and that they gave up their previous citizenship. The new law will bring these applicants’ privileges in line with those enjoyed by Spain’s former colonies, as well as Portugal and Andorra.

“This law says much about who we were in the past and who we are today and what we want to be in the future, an open, diverse and tolerant Spain,” Justice Minister Rafael Catala said, before the document’s approval, according to AFP.

The law has had the backing of two of Spain’s major political parties and has been approved by all. The one criticism leveled at the bill came from an opposition party, which took issue with the fact that it’s only Jews and not, for example, citizens of abandoned former colonies, such as Western Sahara, which hasn’t been Spanish since 1976.

Government officials estimate the number of those that meet the new criteria to be around 90,000, though they’ve stopped short of issuing concrete estimates, as there’s no precise way to tell.

Global Sephardic groups themselves believe those who could benefit could amount to 3.5 million, according to El Pais.

Israel praised the law, with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely saying it “respects the long history of the Jews of Spain.”

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SPAIN: ‘ POLICE ARREST 51 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – SPAIN – October 27 – Spanish police have arrested 51 people as part of a graft investigation involving local government construction contracts.

‘Operation Punica’

‘Operation Punica’

The anti-corruption prosecutor’s office said on Monday that ‘Operation Punica’ centred on town halls mainly in the regions of Madrid, Murcia, Leon and Valencia, Reuters reported.

“The collusion between local councillors and civil servants, with builders and energy service companies, and the corruption of middlemen and key companies, has helped them secure contracts worth around €250 million ($300 million) in the last two years alone,the prosecutors said.

Source: Reuters – IBT Times – Spanish Media 

#ANS2014 

#spain

‘ FAMILY MEMBERS OF ISLAMIC STATE ARE SENT TO REFUGEE CAMPS ‘

#AceWorldNews – October 26 – Refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq include family members of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, leading to security concerns among authorities, the Kurdistan Region’s representative in Spain said.

“Some of the refugees are families of members of the Islamic State,” said Daban Shadala, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) representative.

“They are sending their families (to the refugee camps) while they continue to fight us,” he said this week in a briefing to the Human Rights Commission of the Basque parliament in the city of Vitoria.

Shadala, whose comments in English were translated through an interpreter, was quoted as saying that weapons had been found in some of the houses where refugees were placed.

Source: 

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SPAIN: ‘Nurse Treating Ebola Patients at Madrid Hospital Has Become Infected With Disease’

#AceBreakingNews – SPAIN (Madrid) – October 06 – A nurse who treated two Ebola patients at a Madrid hospital has become infected with the disease herself, health officials said.

Two tests were done and the two were positive,” a spokesman for the health department of the regional government of Madrid told AFP.

Spain’s Minister of Health, Ana Mato, says the authorities are working to distinguish the source of the disease’s contraction as strict controls were implemented to prevent Ebola’s spread. He added that there is no knowledge of any other cases.

' Spanish Nurse tests positive for Ebola after treating victim in Madrid '

‘ Spanish Nurse tests positive for Ebola after treating victim in Madrid ‘

The nurse is in a stable condition, according to officials. She reportedly started feeling sick on September 30. The patient whom she had been treating had died on September 25. Missionary Manuel Garcia Viejo had been helping Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.

' Some 30 health workers who had been attending to the missionary are also being monitored ' AFP Photo / Gerard Julien

‘ Some 30 health workers who had been attending to the missionary are also being monitored ‘ AFP Photo / Gerard Julien

In addition to the nurse and Viejo, Spain has had one other case, making it the third in the country. Another missionary, Miguel Pajares contracted the disease after working in Liberia. Pajares also died.

The 44-year-old woman is the first person to actually contract the disease outside of West Africa. Other cases in Spain – or more recently, the US – have been the result of individuals contracting the disease on the African continent and then travelling abroad.

#ANS2014

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