Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Gibraltarians treated them ‘almost like criminals ’Four Maritime Guardia Civil intercepted

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Four Maritime Guardia Civil were intercepted and held for two hours by the British authorities on Gibraltar on Monday while they were in pursuit of a boat thought to be involved in drug trafficking.Reports indicate that the Spanish Minister for the Interior, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, then had a conversation with the Gibraltar First Minister, Peter Caruana, and this resulted in the four agents being allowed to return to Spain. El Mundo reports that Rubalcaba apologised to Caruana for the ‘incorrect action’ of the Guardia Civil. It seems that they had followed the zodiac launch they were chasing into Gibraltar Port ‘in the heat of the chase’.
Two men in the zodiac were also questioned on the rock.The four men held say that they had to give statements to the authorities on the Rock, and that their firearms and the launch were impounded for a time. These items have now been returned to Spain. El Mundo reports the four say have been very affected by the experience, claiming that the Gibraltarians treated them ‘almost like criminals’. They will now be called to give an explanation to their Spanish superiors.

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