Ex-state lawyer’s trial postponed
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