Court reopens investigation into shooting
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.