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Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
February 26, 2015
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and extrad....... [more]

Spain top court declares Catalonia independence vote unconstitutional
February 25, 2015
Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a November 9 Catalonia independence vote was unconstitutional. According to the court, both the decree from the Catalan regional government that allowed for the vote and two articles of a regional law passed in September on "non referenda popular....... [more]

Former Panama Supreme Court chief pleads guilty to corruption
February 24, 2015
Former president of the Supreme Court of Panama, Alejandro Moncada, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of falsifying documents and illicit enrichment. Panama officials suspended Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Spain to reject legal reform projects
February 23, 2015
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal Co....... [more]

Spain court opens investigation into Cueta migrant drowning incident
February 13, 2015
A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 civil guards of using excessive force against 15 sub-Saharan immigrants who drowned attempting to swim around a seawall between Ceuta and Morocco last February. A judge opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths and has called upon....... [more]

Amnesty: proposed amendments to Spain terrorism laws infringe on human rights
February 10, 2015
Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as terrorism. AI argues th....... [more]

Spain court sentences Somali pirates to 16 years
February 5, 2015
The Spanish National Court on Wednesday sentenced six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled by a private security force and eventually captured by the Royal....... [more]

Panama Supreme Court opens corruption probe of former president
January 29, 2015
The Supreme Court of Panama voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former president Ricardo Martinelli. All nine judges of the court voted to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of Martinelli inflating contracts. Allegations are based on testimony by former head of th....... [more]

Former Guatemala police official convicted in 1980 Spanish embassy siege
January 20, 2015
A Guatemalan court on Monday convicted a former police official for the killings of 37 people when the Spanish Embassy burned down during the country's civil conflict in 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, a former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, was sentenced t....... [more]

Spain court orders investigation into French gunman
January 15, 2015
Spain's High Court on Thursday ordered an initial investigation of the time Amedy Coulibaly spent in Spain prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Coulibaly is one of the gunmen associated with the shooting of a policewoman and attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris that left four dead....... [more]

Spain authorities arrest 16 for ties with Basque group
January 12, 2015
Spain's Interior Ministry on Monday arrested 16 individuals for alleged connections with Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), an armed Basque separatist group. Twelve of the individuals arrested were lawyers, while the other four were treasurers for a group that represents ETA prisoners. All 16 will be cha....... [more]




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