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Spain Must Probe Civil War Disappearances, U.n. Watchdog Says

By Krisedgmon(view all posts by Krisedgmon)
at 01:31 AM Saturday 16 November, 2013
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The three-floor villa, which reportedly boasts seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, an elevator and a salt water swimming pool, is up for sale for 9.8 million euros. Cristina and her husband bought the home in 2004 for 5.8 million euros and spent around 3.0 million euros upgrading the property, according to Spanish media reports. The far-reaching corruption probe has plunged the royal family into its worst popularity crisis since Juan Carlos took the throne in 1975. Juan Carlos won respect for his role in Spain's transition to democracy after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. But the Noos scandal has since combined with his health problems, and discontent read here among recession-hit Spaniards over the royals' lifestyle, to raise debate about the king's future.
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Today a commission report said there was no evidence that the Spanish government at the border had breached any EU rules by initiating blanket checks on cross-border movements. "We are disappointed," said a UK Government spokesman. "Our position is that the action Spain has taken is illegal." But the Government welcomed the fact that the commission recommends that Spain carry out "targeted" checks in future "in order to reduce the large amount of random border controls". However the report also recommends the UK Government take action to ensure "non-systematic checks" on travellers and their belongings leaving Gibraltar, based on risk-analysis, as well as developing "exchange of intelligence on tobacco smuggling" with Spain. The report gives both sides six months to respond to the recommendations, and Brussels "reserves the continue reading this.. right" to revise its view on the legality of Spanish action and "pay another visit" to the Spain-Gibraltar crossing point if necessary. The commission said today it had received many complaints about delays of up to eight hours at the Gibraltar frontier caused by Spain's strict checking system - imposed, the UK Government believes, as direct retaliation for the creation of the artificial reef made up of 74 concrete blocks dropped into the sea in disputed waters.
More: http://home.bt.com/news/uknews/spain-cleared-over-gibraltar-checks-11363850083878

However the report also recommends the UK Government take action to ensure "non-systematic checks" on travellers and their belongings leaving Gibraltar, based on risk-analysis, as well as developing "exchange of intelligence on tobacco smuggling" with Spain. The report gives both sides six months to respond to the recommendations, and Brussels "reserves the right" to revise its view on the legality of Spanish action and "pay another visit" to the Spain-Gibraltar crossing point if necessary. The commission added it had received many complaints about delays of up to eight hours at the Gibraltar frontier caused by Spain's strict checking system. Giles Chichester, Ashley Fox and Julie Girling, Conservative MEPs for the South West of England and Gibraltar, described the findings as "deeply disappointing and questionable". "It seems likely Spain has effectively behaved itself for the time the inspectors were there. This is not surprising...the law rarely gets broken when the police are around," they said. "Of course the conclusion is deeply disappointing and we do not http://niwkyy8.livejournal.com/7061.html believe that this questionable report reflects adequately what has happened there.
More: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/eu-declares-spains-gibraltar-checks-6310624

Spain cleared over Gibraltar checks

Spain is among 40 countries to have signed the 2010 pact. "It is very important to investigate all enforced disappearances, independent of the date," Alvaro Garce, a Uruguayan lawyer on the U.N. committee, told a news briefing. "The current application of the amnesty law should not be an obstacle to truth," he said. Spain must intensify its methods of tracing the disappeared and set up a specialized body to help clarify their fate, the U.N. committee said in its recommendations.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/15/us-un-rights-spain-idUSBRE9AE0YF20131115

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