FIVE Torrevieja Guardia Civil officers face five years in jail for allegedly torturing a suspect.
The public prosecutor claims officers assaulted a detainee and degraded him while in police custody. The defendants have denied all charges, stating any injuries sustained by the detainee occurred while he was resisting arrest.
The incident occurred in Torrevieja in 2009 when an off-duty Guardia Civil officer became involved in an altercation with two people of Colombian origin.
According to the Public Presecution, the argument started after the officer became verbally abuse toward them for making using an intercom at 6am. A fight ensure where the officer allegedly punched and kicked the face of one of the two Colombians, a male, saying “You don’t know who I am.”
The Colombians ran off but the officer called for backup and after allegedly beating the detainees up, they were taken into custody. The prosecution believes once at the Guardia Civil barracks one of the Colombians was assaulted by officers.
“This is what you get for trying to kill a Guardia Civil” and “you have made the worst mistake of your life” were some of the threats allegedly made by the officers. During the days that followed, officers continued to mistreat the detainee – always according to the prosecution – by not allowing him to use the bathroom, among others.