The British police officers Robert Cowper and Willie Gauld who tracked down and arrested ETA terrorist Benat Ordonez in Edinburgh in July 2012 attended the Spanish Embassy in London to receive one of Spain’s highest awards, the police Merit Cross.
The ceremony on Friday was attended by the Spanish ambassador and the head of the Guardia Civil.
Benat Ordonez was accused of being part of the ETA terrorist group, a Basque separatist group.
Robert Cowper, now retired from the police force says he received information that Ordonez was currently living in Edinburgh, going about his normal every day business even though he was a wanted fugitive at large.
Mr Cowper was honoured to receive the award but stated that he was accepting it on behalf of the entire branch and all units involved.
Iain Livingstone, the Deputy Chief Constable was delighted and extremely proud with the work carried out by both Robert Cowper and Willie Gauld. He went on to say: “This is a very prestigious award and one that was certainly well deserved.”
This is the first time that such a ceremony was held by the Spanish in the United Kingdom.