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Shaolin slayer owns up to earlier Bilbao murder

Shaolin master Juan Carlos Aguilar, arrested by police on Sunday after the torture of a prostitute that left her in a coma, has confessed that he also murdered a woman last week in what he has described as similar circumstances.

Shaolin slayer owns up to earlier Bilbao murder
“He had a very intimidating, piercing gaze,” one of his pupils told the Spanish national daily, also making reference to his mystical and spiritual tendencies. Photo: YouTube

Aguilar, a Shaolin master well known for being the first Westerner to reach such a high level of the martial art, admitted to having tortured and murdered a woman when questioned by police on Monday .

Basque Ertzaintza police had already found bone remains in plastic bags at Aguilar’s martial arts gym, now confirmed to be human, confirming their initial suspicions that other women could have been his victims.

Investigators have also undertaken searches for body parts in the aggressor’s home and in the Basque capital’s estuary after Aguilar, who has had a brain tumour for the past two years, told police he had dropped some his victim’s remains in the bay.

It is still to be confirmed whether Aguilar was following any treatment for his psychological problems.

Although he did have a police record, there was no indication he would carry out such brutal attacks on women.

His pupils remember him describing himself as “a representative of Buddha on earth”, El País reported.

“He had a very intimidating, piercing gaze,” one of his pupils told the Spanish national daily, also making reference to his mystical and spiritual tendencies.

Another apprentice commented on his obsession with Zen culture and how he almost always wore typical orange Buddhist clothing.

“He was completely barmy but I never expected him to do something like that, especially considering how spiritual he was,” she told El País.

Aguilar, three times Kung-fu world champion, taught a vast array of martial arts and meditation techniques to pupils from Spain and overseas at his Bilbao gym, decorated like a Buddhist temple.  

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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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