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Slain teen’s family wants inquiry of far-right killer

The family of a teenager whose murder by a far-right commando rocked Spain in 1980 called Friday for an official inquiry after a newspaper reported that her killer has worked for police as an advisor since his release from jail.

Slain teen's family wants inquiry of far-right killer
Asier Gonzalez (R), Amaia Gonzalez (L) and their friend Alejandro Arizkun (C) leave the Interior Ministry after a meeting in Madrid on March 8th 2013. Photo: Javier Soliano/AFP

Yolanda Gonzalez, a 19-year-old Socialist Party activist who had appeared in photographs at the head of student protest marches, was shot two times in the head at close range in a field near Madrid by a far-right commando who suspected her of belonging to the armed Basque separatist group ETA.

Gonzalez's murder shocked Spain, which at the time was going through a tumultuous transition to democracy following the death of right-wing dictator General Francisco Franco.

The man who shot Gonzalez, Emilio Hellin Moro, a former member of the Grup 41 commando with ties to the far-right party Fuerza Nueva, changed his name to Luis Enrique Hellin after he was released from jail in 1996 after serving 14 years of a 43-year jail sentence, top-selling newspaper El Pais reported last month.

According to the left-leaning paper, the 63-year-old expert on IT-related criminal investigations secured contracts under the changed name with Spain's security forces, acting for years as an advisor to Spain's top court and proving training courses to police on how to carry out electronic eavesdropping and comb computers and cellphones for evidence.

"This person assassinated Yolanda Gonzalez in cold blood, a peaceful girl, she was a very lively person who wanted at her young age to change the world," Yolanda's brother Asier Gonzalez, who was just six years old at the time of the murder, told reporters after a private meeting with Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz's chief of staff.

"We asked them to open an official inquiry and that they offer an explanation to parliament," he added.

The interior ministry refused to comment on the meeting, calling it a "private" matter.

Moro was sentenced to jail in 1982 but five years later he fled to Paraguay while on a furlough granted to him by prison authorities.

He was arrested in July 1989 and handed back to Spanish authorities after a Spanish investigative journalist tracked him down.

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Spanish police seize 4.5 tonnes of cocaine off Canaries

Spanish police announced on Saturday the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of cocaine aboard a Togolese-flagged cargo ship from Latin America which was intercepted off the Canary Islands.

Spanish police seize 4.5 tonnes of cocaine off Canaries

The “Orion V”, which transported cattle from Latin America to the Middle East, had been under surveillance for over two years and had previously been “checked and searched, but no drugs could be found inside, despite the presence of sufficient clues”, police said.

A joint naval and air operation finally made the breakthrough locating the cocaine on Tuesday, hidden in a container used to feed the cattle.

The operation mobilised among others the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre for narcotics (MAOC-N), the Togolese authorities and the Spanish police.

The 28 crew members from nine countries were arrested.

The “Orion V” was similar to another Togolese-flagged vessel, the “Blume”, which was intercepted in mid-January in the same area south-east of the Canary Islands, on which the same amount of cocaine was found.

A total of nine tonnes of drugs have been seized in January, police said in a statement.

Spain’s proximity to North Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, the world’s main cocaine-producing region, have made it a gateway into Europe for drugs.

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