Ex-state lawyer’s trial post­poned

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By Richard Torné The trial hear­ing of Almería’s for­mer state lawyer Demetrio Car­mona and six oth­ers who are charged with ex­tor­tion has been post­poned for the fifth time. The six were due to ap­pear in Almería city’s pe­nal court num­ber three last Fri­day (Novem­ber 3), but the trial had to be called off for “tech­ni­cal rea­sons”, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Span­ish press. It has now re­port­edly been set for the mid­dle of next year.

Car­mona, who served as the prov­ince’s state lawyer for 25 years be­fore re­sign­ing in Jan­uary 2013, is one of seven peo­ple im­pli­cated in a bizarre plot to steal more than 128 mil­lion Iraqi di­nars that were il­lic­itly taken out of Iraq in 1996.

Ac­cord­ing to the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor, Car­mona’s role in the gang was to com­pile sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion about key in­di­vid­u­als who were be­ing tar­geted for ex­tor­tion as they re­put­edly stood to gain fi­nan­cially from the trans­fer of the cash.

The hear­ing was post­poned in July when a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing one of the ac­cused, Luis Miguel Graña, was un­able to at­tend due to sick­ness. Prior to that, the trial was post­poned in Oc­to­ber 2016 when lawyer and sus­pect Ro­ge­lio Var­gas dis­missed his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive as the lat­ter had been called to take the stand as a wit­ness. NEWS Staff Reporter Three il­le­gal hunters were caught last month with an ibex head by the Guardia Civil in Taber­nas. The agents were pa­trolling hunt­ing ar­eas in the coun­try­side when they saw a ve­hi­cle driv­ing with­out lights. Its three oc­cu­pants were dressed in cam­ou­flage and on search­ing the ve­hi­cle agents found two firearms and the head of a moun­tain ibex, still bleed­ing.

As none of the three had the nec­es­sary hunt­ing licences the Guardia Civil seized the “tro­phy head” and charged them with wild life of­fences.

The Guardia seized this Ibex head and hunt­ing ri­fle in the op­er­a­tion

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