October 7, 2022

Marlaska denies “dismantling” unit against drug traffickers

Córdoba, (EFE).- Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska denied this Friday that there had been a “dismantling” of the unit fighting drug smugglers (OCON SOUTH) in the Campo de Gibraltar and has assured that it is a “restructuring”.

After handing over the decorations in Córdoba for the patron saint of penitentiaries during the commemoration of the La Merced festival, the minister told journalists that “no dismantling has taken place” and that the 150 troops who formed an “extraordinary” unit and temporary”, now it has been “moved and configured as something already structured”.

The Authority in the Campo de Gibraltar

He added that the “narco” must be dealt with “permanently” and “that is the government’s commitment” with the Campo de Gibraltar”, while recalling that “the first thing this government agreed to in July 2018” was to return the “principle of authority” in the area and neighboring areas that was “already questioned”.

Therefore, according to Grande-Marlaska, the “restructuring” of the unit against drug trafficking is a “further step” to “guarantee a structure of personnel and material resources” that allows it to be “even more effective in the fight against drug trafficking”. ” “.

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, with those decorated by the patron saint of correctional institutions on the feast of La Merced. In Cordoba. EFE/Rooms

In addition, he has recognized the “success” of the past four years in “tackling organized and dangerous crime that questions many democratic values” and therefore the agents will now be “in the judicial police units of the various commands” ” and that will be coordinated by the “Regional Center for Analysis and Intelligence,” he explained.

“We will continue to increase the number of troops,” assured the minister, referring to thea public employment offer this year’s “more than 4,500 new troops between police and vigilantes” has made it possible to “recover nearly the 13,000 troops lost in the seven years of popular government.”

Transfer of ETA prisoners

Second, on prison transfers of ETA prisonersthe minister reminded that the rule of law is based on the “application of the law” and that therefore Spanish citizens “would never understand that a government does not always apply it”.

“It is the application of the law that marks a rule of law and clearly a government,” defended the minister, insisting it was the same “rule of law” that “defeated the barbarity of ETA”, a “terrorist organization”. that “caused more than 850 deaths, many seriously injured, many threatened and many displaced.” EFE

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