Court re­opens in­ves­ti­ga­tion into shoot­ing

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NEWS Staff Re­porter THE pro­vin­cial court has or­dered the re­open­ing of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fa­tal shoot­ing of two Colom­bian men on a pri­vate prop­erty in Al­hau­rín de la Torre in 2009, which had been shelved by a Málaga court last year.

It marks the sec­ond time the case has been re­opened.

In April 2009 the two armed and masked men en­tered the prop­erty and were shot dead by the home­owner. At the time, he was not charged with any crime, af­ter an in­ves­ti­gat­ing court found that he had acted in self-de­fence.

But in 2015 the case was re­opened by a Málaga court af­ter the Guardia Civil submitted a re­port that in­cluded wit­ness state­ments in­di­cat­ing that the home­owner - who allegedly had links to Guardia Civil of­fi­cers in­volved in drug traf­fick­ing – was aware the two Colom­bian men were com­ing to steal a ship­ment of co­caine he was hid­ing on the prop­erty, and he po­si­tioned him­self in an ad­van­ta­geous spot to shoot them.

The court opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the home­owner, and also into three other in­di­vid- uals for allegedly homi­cide.

How­ever, last year the court shelved the case af­ter find­ing “no ra­tio­nal ev­i­dence crim­i­nal­ity” on the part of any of those un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, though the judge said she would sub­mit all the in­for­ma­tion to the pro­vin­cial court for re­view.

Now the pro­vin­cial court, fol­low­ing a de­tailed re­view of the ev­i­dence and a re­quest from the Uni­fied Guardia Civil As­so­ci­a­tion for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, has de­cided to re­open the case. in­sti­gat­ing

The three men who were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for in­sti­gat­ing homi­cide are also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in a sep­a­rate case over the mur­der of the home­owner’s ex-wife, Lucía Gar­rido, a year ear­lier at the same prop­erty.

The home­owner, M.A.H., is also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in that case, for allegedly in­sti­gat­ing his ex-wife's mur­der. Last year four peo­ple were ar­rested in re­la­tion to the mur­der, in­clud­ing the al­leged killer, two Guardia Civil of­fi­cers and an­other civil­ian. No for­mal charges have yet been brought.

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