A fifth attempt to stage a trial involving a long-standing controversial case involving two individuals accusing Torrevieja’s local police of brutality back in June 2006 is set to be heard in Elche this November.
Eleven officers as well as Torrevieja police chief, Alejandro Morer, were arrested over allegations of torture in addition to falsifying records and a failure to carry out their duty as police officers. Previous hearings have collapsed when the two accusers did not appear to give evidence, along with key witnesses.
The charges related to the detention of a Columbian man who was caught robbing the home of one of the charged officers. The Columbian alleged that both he and his Spanish girlfriend were subjected to blows from officers, and in the process had two ribs broken. The first court hearing took place towards the end of 2009 with Luis Carlos CR and his girlfriend Vilma L as the two key witnesses.
The man involved now lives in Columbia after serving a prison sentence for drug trafficking in Singapore, whilst the woman is in the United States. Moves to have them give video evidence have been rejected by the judge, and so it remains to be seen whether they appear in court this autumn, with eight people facing charges.
The case led to such strong feelings back in 2006 that around two thousand people took to the streets of Torrevieja in a demonstration in support of the local police.