|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | World (Click here for more)

Gun Hobbyist Arrested in Spain for Allegedly Plotting to Assassinate PM

BARCELONA – A security guard with a large personal collection of firearms was arrested by police in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia for allegedly expressing his intention to murder Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in retaliation for the Socialist Party government’s plans to exhume the remains of former right-wing military dictator Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum where they are interred near Madrid, officials said on Thursday.

Regional Catalan police detained the suspect, 63-year-old Manuel Murillo Sanchez, in the city of Terrassa, roughly 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Barcelona, after he shared his plan to kill the prime minister in a WhatsApp chat group in what has been interpreted as a supposed act of vengeance for the government’s policy to remove Franco from the Valley of the Fallen, a vast tomb and monastery located in the mountainous countryside north of the capital.

“Arrested a man in Terrassa who wanted to kill the head of the Spanish government Pedro Sanchez,” the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s regional police force, said on Twitter. “The detained, who had an arsenal of weapons at home, is in prison.”

According to online Spanish newspaper Publico, which broke the news as an exclusive, the suspect, who was arrested in September, was an accomplished member of his local shooting club and used the social media app to ask for help to carry out his plot to kill Sanchez.

Police launched raids on his property when a fellow member of the WhatsApp group reported their concerns about the detainee’s apparently earnest plans to carry out an attack on the PM.

Agents discovered 16 small and large firearms, including a CETME assault rifle, a Czech Skorpion submachine gun and four high-precision rifles capable of hitting a target from over a kilometer away, Publico said.

The regional president of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, an influential figure in the Spanish Socialist Party, blamed the incidents on an increase in hate-fueled divisive politics in Spain.

“We should all take heed and abandon this politics of tension and moral degradation,” she told reporters ahead of a committee hearing. “And let this country breathe, and for conviviality to be the guiding instrument in everyday politics, economy and social life because Spain doesn’t deserve this sort of thing.”

Sanchez’s Socialist Party government was pushing ahead with plans to exhume the remains of Franco (1892-1975) from the vast state and church-funded mausoleum, which remains a divisive object 40 years on from Spain’s transition from brutal military dictatorship to democracy.

Spain’s government said the PM’s security was never at risk, adding that death threats were a constant.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2018 © All rights reserved