Spanish police smash ring that exploited Nicaragua boxers

Spanish police said on Wednesday that they had busted a ring that allegedly exploited boxers they brought to Spain from Nicaragua and forced to take part in competitions across Europe.

Spanish police smash ring that exploited Nicaragua boxers
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The investigation, which began in February 2016, resulted in the arrest of seven Spanish nationals who are suspected of belonging to the ring and the release of 19 victims, police said in a statement.

The group, based in Terrassa, an industrial town located some 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of Barcelona, allegedly used a former Nicaraguan boxer dubbed “El Terrible” to make contact with and recruit the victims.

The man, who lives in Terrassa, was not arrested.    

A sports event company would invite the boxers to Spain to take part in a fight and once they arrived in the country the ring would hold them in a home in “overcrowded and unhealthy conditions”, the statement said.

If they did not obey orders, members of the group would hit them and threaten to hurt their family members back in Nicaragua.   

The group forced the victims to take part in competitions across Europe “without undergoing medical controls and with false permits and licences”, the police statement added.

The money earned from these fights would go entirely to the ring.    

The suspects were arrested over the past few weeks, a police spokesman said.    

They are accused of fraud, forgery, making threats and causing bodily harm. 


Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo’s Ibiza house

Six people have been arrested in connection with the €3-million burglary at the house belonging to former Brazil forward Ronaldo, AFP learned on Thursday from sources close to the investigation.

Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo's Ibiza house

Paris Saint-Germain player Marco Verratti was staying at Ronaldo’s house in Ibiza but was not home when the burglars struck on Monday, making off with jewellery and money.

Two people were arrested in the port of Denia in eastern Spain and four others were held in the southern city of Malaga, these sources told AFP without further details.

According to the Spanish press, four of the six arrested are Albanian, the other two being a Spaniard and a Romanian, making up an organised gang specialising in burglary.

Press reports also claim that the Spanish police recovered a large part of the loot, estimated at around €3 million.