Spanish judges protest pardon over torture
MADRID — Two hundred Spanish judges on Thursday criticized the government’s decision to pardon four police officers who tortured a detainee, accusing the authorities of “despising” the judiciary. The four mishandled a Romanian detainee whom they falsely accused of being a criminal in Barcelona in 2006.
The police officers shoved the barrel of a pistol into the man’s mouth to force him to confess and beat him all over.
The four were handed prison sentences ranging from four years and nine months to two years and three months. But Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government said all of them should only serve two years.
— Deutsche Presse