AFTER being in prison for more than a month, a judge in Torrevieja has released, on bail, the nine members of the Guardia Civil sentenced for alleged drug trafficking and corruption, among other charges. Depending on what is believed to be the extent of their involvement in the case, they have each paid between €3,000 and €18,000.
The officers from Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada had been imprisoned for more than a month after being arrested by their own colleagues investigating drugs, corruption and bribery issues.
They are among at least 26 people that have been investigated in this case and four people apart from the Guardia Civil officers are still in custody.
Alongside the bonds that have been set, in addition to the money the judge has imposed a series of precautionary measures that mean the officers have to appear before the courts twice a month. They also have to surrender their passports and are also prohibited from leaving Spain. Furthermore, and an extension to an order imposed immediately after their arrest, the nine officers are still prohibited from possessing any weapons that they have as part of their role as Guardia Civil officers.
Representing the officers, the Unified Association of Guardia Civil Officers (AUGC) has released a statement asking for further clarification as to the origins of the original investigations and the subsequent judicial decision that has resulted in their members now being released on bail.