Wednesday, May 18

Arrested at the border with France the ninth accused of burning a police van in Barcelona

The National Police has arrested the ninth anarchist on the Franco-Spanish border accused of being part of an alleged criminal group whose objective was to cause altercations in the protests against the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel. The judge attributes the crime of attempted homicide to its members for having tried to burn a Barcelona Urban Guard van with an agent inside during the riots.

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As reported by his defense sources, the man’s arrest occurred this Thursday when the defendant, who has his residence in France, was preparing to cross the border at La Jonquera. This Friday afternoon the arrested person will go to court and the magistrate, predictably, will order his entry into provisional prison to combat the risk of flight. Four other defendants have also been deprived of liberty since their arrest a year ago.

Pending the judicial decision, the detainee will join the other eight investigated in the case, who have just been prosecuted by the judge for six crimes, including attempted murder and criminal organization. It will be one of the trials with the highest penalties for riots, given that the defendants are charged with setting fire to a Guardia Urbana van, with an agent inside, in protests against the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel.

Among those prosecuted, the judge includes the first protester who was released on bail as a result of an anthropometric expert report that ruled out that she was the woman seen throwing flammable liquid at the police van, after the Mossos accused her of mistakenly pouring the liquid. The indictment does not identify the woman who sprayed the van with flammable liquid and limits itself to pointing out that she was a person who “had been in the group all the time” of defendants and who acted “in coordination” with them.

According to the police reports on the case, the detainees were identified by Mossos d’Esquadra agents who infiltrated the protesters and detected a group of people – who spoke Italian among themselves – who were causing attacks on shops and banks in coordinated way. The defenses of the case denounce that these are “generic” accusations based on the Italian origin and the anarchist ideology of the majority of defendants.

Among the indications on which the judge relies to attribute membership to a criminal group to the protesters is that a lighter of the same brand and color was seized from four of them, although the defense already argued during the investigation phase that the coincidence responds to the fact that it is a lighter that is sold together with a brand of low-priced rolling tobacco.