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Spanish police arrest woman who sold naked photos of own daughters

Spanish police have arrested a 41-year-old woman who for years sold naked images of her three underage daughters over the Internet.

Spanish police arrest woman who sold naked photos of own daughters
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Police began their investigation in September after her oldest daughter, aged 15, and her former partner filed a complaint at a police station in the southwestern province of Seville, police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The girl said her mother took pictures and made videos of her and her two sisters, aged seven and eight, in suggestive poses, including with a pacifier in their mouth and wearing braids.

Another eight-year-old girl, the niece of the woman's former partner, also appeared in the images made and sold by the woman.    

“At first the mother told them that the images were for fashion castings and the pictures of them nude and in their underwear were needed to show their size,” police said in a statement.

But over time the woman's oldest daughters realised that the images were sold to men over a dating website.

“The mother then told them they needed money to eat and there were men who paid money for these images. The minor also told officers that she and her sisters were repeatedly beaten with a stick by her mother if they refused to take photographs.”

Police said the 15-year-old girl was sent to meet with the men who bought the images to collect the money.

The girl gave police a mobile telephone and a computer belonging to her mother that had images of her and her sisters naked.

Police arrested the woman on October 15th. They also arrested one of buyers of the images, a 49-year-old man, seven days later.   

The woman has been ordered to stay away from her daughters and the niece of her former partner while the investigation continues.

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Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The Moroccan suspect held in connection with a machete attack on two Spanish churches, killing a verger and badly injuring a priest, will undergo psychiatric testing, a court said Tuesday.

Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The case is being handled by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court, with the judge in charge asking that “two doctors conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect”.

The suspect, 25-year-old Yassine Kanjaa, was arrested at the scene after the attacks on two churches in the southern town of Algeciras last week.

The Audiencia Nacional said the psychiatric evaluation, which will be carried out by doctors from the court’s forensic department, would provide “information about the legal responsibility” of the “presumed jihadist”.

Prosecutors have opened a terror probe and, on Monday, the court remanded the suspect in custody without bail on murder and terrorism charges.

During the deadly incident on January 26th, the suspect entered San Isidro church and attacked its priest with a machete, leaving him seriously wounded before entering Nuestra Señora de La Palma.

There he attacked the verger and chased him out of the church where he killed him.

‘Targeted priests and infidels’

Court details released on Monday said the attacker had also injured three other people, including another Moroccan man whom he “considered an infidel” because he had renounced his faith.

It said Kanjaa’s actions could be “qualified as a jihadist attack directed at both priests who profess the Catholic faith, and Muslims who, according to the suspect, don’t follow the Koran”.

The court said the suspect fits the profile of a “self-indoctrinated terrorist who acts individually without direct ties to a specific terror group but operates in the name of jihadist philosophy”.

Last week, Spain’s left-wing government refused to rule out mental illness and the police have described him as “unstable”.

The court said Kanjaa became indoctrinated “rapidly” within the space of up to six weeks, citing witnesses as telling police that just before that, he “was drinking alcohol and smoking hashish”. Then he suddenly started listening “regularly to the Koran on his mobile phone”.

One of Kanjaa’s neighbours told AFP something similar on Friday, saying he had changed radically six weeks ago, growing a beard and wearing a long robe.

Officials have said Kanjaa was served with a deportation order last June but had no prior convictions and was not under surveillance.

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