CATALONIA

WhatsApp confirms 2019 attack on Catalan politician’s cellphone

Roger Torrent, the speaker of the regional parliament and a supporter of independence, was targeted with a program used by government clients worldwide

CATALONIA

Spyware attack on Catalan leaders’ cellphones triggers political storm in Spain

The Interior Ministry, National Police and Civil Guard all deny having hired the services of NSO, the Israeli company that created the software

CATALONIA

Catalan parliamentary speaker’s cellphone was targeted with a spy program only available to governments

According to an investigation by EL PAÍS and ‘The Guardian,’ Roger Torrent was one of many people targeted in 2009 by software which can only be bought by national security forces to fight crime and terrorism

INTERNATIONAL

Russian spy detected in Catalonia accused of poisoning Bulgarian arms dealer

General Denis Sergeev, who is linked to the elite military group Unit 29155, is being investigated by Spain’s High Court for two visits he made to Barcelona ahead of the illegal referendum on Catalan independence

politics

Iranian exile group paid salaries for two leaders of Spain’s far-right Vox

Donations from the National Council of Resistance of Iran also funded other party expenses such as rent and computer equipment in 2013 and 2014

CHRISTINE LAGARDE

Lagarde was a director of two Baker & McKenzie affiliates in tax havens

The current president of the European Central Bank was on the board of subsidiaries of the legal firm in Bermuda and Singapore between 2003 and 2005

Historical memory

The Franco family fortune: €102 million and 404 properties

The late dictator’s grandchildren control assets that include a palace, 89 homes, 266 garage spaces, 29 country estates, five commercial premises and three rural plots

AMERICAS

Andorra freezes €76.5m held by lawyer of Mexico’s ex-president Peña Nieto

Juan Ramón Collado, a prominent attorney who was arrested in July in Mexico City, is under investigation for money laundering in the European microstate, according to a court document seen by EL PAÍS

CATHOLIC CHURCH ABUSE

Spanish Church abuse victim: “He didn’t stop until he saw that we were on the verge of tears”

The Salesian religious order has stood by Father López Luna, who is under investigation for abusing a 13-year-old. The following testimony is one of several making up an EL PAÍS series exposing decades of offenses by the clergy

SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

High Court judge opens probe into recordings of friend of King Juan Carlos

Investigation will examine claims made by businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein that the former monarch used her as a front to conceal assets

Politics

Spanish secret service, ministers react to alleged recordings of “close friend” of King Juan Carlos

Tapes made by ex-policeman purportedly of Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein appear to suggest the former monarch used the businesswoman as a front to conceal his wealth

CELEBRITY STALKING

The 21 actresses unaware they could be a stalker’s next target

Questions asked after court fails to inform or protect women who appeared in scrapbook kept by Arndt Meyer

Venezuela

The €10 million luxury spending spree of former Hugo Chávez ministers

Andorra accounts of powerful Venezuelans suspected of corruption reveal lavish outlays

Corruption

Former ministers of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez hid €2 billion in Andorra

Leading politicians suspected of taking commissions of up to 15% for awarding state oil firm contracts

CONSTRUCTION SCANDAL IN LATIN AMERICA

Lawyer at center of Odebrecht scandal: “The company bribed more than 1,000 people”

In an exclusive interview with EL PAÍS, the former attorney reveals the key workings of the scheme, which saw millions in commissions paid to the governments of 12 countries

CRIME

Spain sends crossbow stalker back to Germany to prevent new attacks

Government pays for return flight for Arndt Meyer, who served eight years for attempted murder

CYBER CRIME

Nicaraguan duped woman into buying love nest… then moved in with his wife

Madrid court mulls seven-year jail term for Spanish resident who wooed Australian woman online

CELEBRITY STALKER

German crossbow stalker set for immediate deportation from Spain

After scrapbook with photos of potential victims emerges, 30-day grace period gets axed

STALKING

German celebrity stalker involved in crossbow attack set for release from jail

Judge warns eight Spanish actors they are potential targets of Arndt Meyer, convicted in 2010 of attempted murder

Spanish prisons

Two Spanish policemen disciplined over death of British man in custody

UK coroner finds negligence key factor in death of Antony Abbot in Benidorm cell in 2015

CRIME

Guadalajara killer to uncle after murdering entire family: “You’re next”

EL PAÍS reconstructs the quadruple crime by Patrick Nogueira, a 20-year-old described as a psychopath

Atocha lawyer killings

Fugitive in infamous 1977 Madrid far-right massacre is now a free man

Last arrest warrant for Lerdo de Tejada, who fled Spain before trial for murder of several labor lawyers, has expired

MEXICO

Frontman for disgraced Mexican governor handled $7m property portfolio

Further details emerge about activities of Moisés Mansur and his links to Javier Duarte

MEXICO

Frontman for Mexican governor on the run bought €4m Madrid home

Businessman Moisés Mansur has ties to Javier Duarte, ex-Veracruz governor wanted for embezzlement

SPAIN'S REGIONS

Spain’s regions spent €1.6 billion on ‘foreign policy’ during worst of crisis

Audit Office report criticizes lack of controls over international aid spending

CORRUPTION

Graft case suspect cites “widespread corruption” in Madrid suburb

Builder investigated in Púnica probe says he bought land in Valdemoro and had the mayor rezone it

OPERATION PÚNICA

Madrid water company was used in Púnica graft case, inquiry shows

Court papers indicate that Canal de Isabel II funded work to improve image of ex-premier