CORONAVIRUS

Spain resorted to ‘gag law’ more than ever before during coronavirus lockdown

Within the first 75 days of confinement, the Interior Ministry issued nearly 1.1 million sanctions, up 42% from the amount handed out between 2015 and 2018

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish Civil Guard official sacked over Covid-19 report

Interior Ministry denies the move is connected with a court investigation into the government's authorization of mass gatherings just days ahead of the coronavirus lockdown

CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s Civil Guard warns about risk of social unrest due to Covid-19 crisis

An internal document discusses the likelihood of street disturbances over the fallout of the prolonged lockdown

CORONAVIRUS

Members of the Spanish public face fines or even prison if they disobey lockdown rules

Police in Spain will set up checkpoints in the street to ensure state of alarm is observed

CRIME

The ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam that’s claimed at least 1,500 victims in Spain so far

Investigators have traced threatening phone calls to jailed criminals in South America who demand a quick ransom from victims, convincing them that their loved ones are in danger

CRIME

‘Sextortion’ ring that blackmailed men seeking prostitutes may have claimed 4,000 victims

According to court documents, the criminals threatened to expose individuals across Spain for having contacted sex workers if they refused to pay out large sums of money

CRIME

Chinese mafia suspected of hiring Spanish thieves for heist in French palace

A ram raider known as “Juan the Kid” allegedly led the group tasked with stealing artwork from the World Heritage Site, but was arrested by police before he could commit the crime

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Three suspected Russian spies traveled to Barcelona in 2016 and 2017

According to information obtained by EL PAÍS, the members of the elite military group Unit 29155 made a total of four trips to the Catalan capital

SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

Spanish king’s brother-in-law enjoys Christmas break from prison

Iñaki Urdangarin was seen with his wife, Cristina de Borbón, after being granted a four-day leave from jail, where he is serving a five-year sentence for embezzlement

IMMIGRATION

Spanish explosives experts defuse grenade at Madrid center for minors

The facility has been criticized in the past by far-right groups who claim it is housing young foreign criminals

Security

Spain will no longer cooperate with Russia in fight against disinformation

Caretaker Foreign Minister Josep Borrell says there is no truth to this, although plans for a joint working group have been permanently dropped

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Western intelligence services tracked Russian spy in Catalonia

Spain’s High Court is investigating whether a GRU official named Denis Sergeev, who carried out subversive actions across Europe and Asia, also tried to destabilize the region during its 2017 independence drive

Catalan independence drive

Spain’s High Court opens investigation into Russian spying unit in Catalonia

Judge Manuel García-Castellón is probing whether an elite military group known as Unit 29155 carried out actions aimed at destabilizing the region during the separatist push

CATALONIA

Supreme Court finds jailed Catalan secession leaders guilty of sedition

None of the defendants has been convicted of the most serious charge, rebellion, but most are still facing prison terms ranging from nine to 13 years. Those who will serve jail time are eligible for a semi-open regime, a decision that will now be made by penitentiary authorities in Catalonia

TERRORISM

In Spain, summer surveillance triggers alerts for returning jihadists

Authorities identified 46 suspected foreign terrorist fighters, but were unable to detain them

Catalonia

Catalan separatists tried to build “secure channel” to aid Puigdemont, probe finds

Suspects held for plotting violent acts allegedly contacted ex-leader’s sister to set up safe communications between Waterloo and the regional government headquarters in Barcelona

Catalonia

Judge accuses Catalan separatists of belonging to new terrorist group

Seven individuals have been placed in pre-trial detention without bail for their alleged involvement in a faction of a pro-independence organization that seeks secession through violent means

CATALONIA

Two Catalan separatists confess to making and testing explosives

Both were held on Monday as part of a raid against suspected terrorist activity by members of the Committees to Defend the Republic (CDR)

PUBLIC HEALTH

Owners of food company responsible for Spain’s worst ever listeriosis outbreak arrested for manslaughter

Investigators say the three men knew that their products had tested positive for listeria but did nothing to get rid of the bacteria

CATALAN SEPARATIST DRIVE

Catalan separatists held on suspicion of planning violent acts with explosives

Nine alleged members of the CDR protest group have been arrested ahead of the anniversary of the illegal independence referendum of October 1, 2017

Spanish royal family

Spanish king’s brother-in-law leaves prison for first time to work as volunteer

Iñaki Urdangarin, who is married to Felipe VI’s sister Cristina, will spend two days a week helping disabled adults as he completes his five-year prison sentence for embezzlement

Public safety

Police report contradicts Ciudadanos’ claims of abuse at Madrid Gay Pride parade

According to officials, members of the center-right party did not suffer “physical aggression,” nor did they follow instructions from authorities

DRUG TRADE

See exclusive shot of cocaine found on Brazilian president’s plane

EL PAÍS has had access to a photograph of the drug-filled suitcase that was intercepted in Spain as Jair Bolsonaro’s support aircraft traveled to the Group of 20 summit in Japan

INTERNATIONAL

Crew member from Brazilian president’s plane detained in Seville with 39 kilos of cocaine

The man, who was traveling on the backup aircraft used by President Jair Bolsonaro, was carrying the drugs in packages contained in his hand luggage

CORRUPTION IN SPORT

Spanish match-rigging network fixed soccer game in Italy’s Serie A league

Police investigation finds that alleged ringleader Carlos Aranda bet and won on a game that had been pre-arranged, while wiretaps reveal that the former soccer player gave instructions to a partner on how to do a deal with one of the teams

CORRUPTION IN SPORTS

Spanish soccer players held for match-fixing in top divisions

Police arrest nearly a dozen people, including the alleged ringeader Raúl Bravo, a former Real Madrid footballer who also played on the national team

TERRORISM

A mountain hideout and a fake identity: How ETA’s Josu Ternera went unnoticed

Before his arrest in the French Alps last week, the former leader of the Basque terrorist organization had spent 17 years on the run after participating in some of the group’s bloodiest attacks