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Swedish court jails Spanish doctor for child sex abuse

A Swedish court on Tuesday jailed a Spanish doctor for ten years for the sexual assault and rape of around 50 children aged two to 12.

Swedish court jails Spanish doctor for child sex abuse
The Stockholm court where the judgment was issued. File photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman / SvD / TT

Cristian Carretero, 29, was convicted of four rapes and 46 sexual assaults of minors, mainly young girls, as well as for inciting adults to fondle their children and possession of child pornography.

A primary care physician who studied at the University of Barcelona, Carretero faces expulsion from Sweden once he has served his sentence.

The court found that between 2015-2017, he committed the crimes at several Swedish medical centres and during online consultations.

He was arrested in December 2017 after children who were brought to him for minor ailments were subjected to needless genital examinations.

In online consultations, Carretero convinced parents to examine their children's genitals, while he filmed the act.

The court found him guilty of rape with aggravating circumstances “owing to the fact that he used his position as a doctor and abused a specific trust, well as the victim's ages.”

Almost 80 people registered as plaintiffs in the case, of which 55 were children. 

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Spain arrests 11 suspected jihadists in Melilla and Granada

Moroccan and Spanish police have dismantled a jihadist cell suspected of links to the Islamic State group, officials said Tuesday.

Spain arrests 11 suspected jihadists in Melilla and Granada

The operation led to the arrest of 11 people in raids on Tuesday morning: nine in the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Morocco’s northern coast, and another two in the nearby town of Nador, according to a Moroccan police statement.

Spanish security sources said 10 people had been arrested in Melilla and another in the southern Spanish city of Granada.

The Moroccan police said the two suspects held in Nador, aged 34 and 39, were remanded in custody and that mobile phones and a computer had been seized.

The detainees were suspected of “promoting extremist ideology” online “in order to recruit people in terrorist organisations”, the same source said.

Morocco and Spain officially revived their security cooperation in April after mending fences following a year-long diplomatic row over the Western Sahara.

The Moroccan police regularly announce operations against jihadist cells, and reports having arrested more than 3,500 people in relation to “terrorism” since 2002.

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