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Menas Case: Foundation Siglo XXI directors allegedly filed false invoices, unrealistic expenses and repeatedly drew funds from ATMs, meant for the care of migrant children, even charging botox facial treatments and posh restaurant bills to foundation debit cards
Jun, 2023 |
A comprehensive analysis conducted by Group I of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) of the National Police yielded scandalous results, writes Spanish language daily Canarias7, regarding the alleged irregular use of the public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied minors, by the suspected to have been perpetrated by centres managed by the Foundation Social Response Siglo XXI on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. In this case, driven by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, investigators discovered that the director of the Guiniguada centre charged the NGO responsible for €1,500 worth of beauty treatments and €1,113 for bills at top restaurants including Vinófilos, El Vasco de Vegueta, and Triciclo.
Centre-Right Pact Between Regionalists (CC) And Resident Conservatives (PPAV) Returns Marco Aurelio Perez As Southern Mayor
Jun, 2023 |
The conservative Partido Popular-Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) and the right of centre regionalist Coalición Canaria (CC) have this Thursday signed a local government pact that will shape the future of the southern Gran Canaria tourism municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The alliance, dubbed a “Pact for Stability and Socioeconomic Progress of San Bartolomé Tirajana”, represents 60% of the votes cast in the municipality’s recent local elections, emphasised the mayor-elect, Marco Aurelio Pérez (PP-AV), who returns for the third time to lead the local council responsible for some of the most important tourism areas on the island, including Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustín.
Local Government Coalition Agreement Maspalomas and the South of Gran Canaria
Jun, 2023 |
A governing coalition pact has been finalised in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The Popular Party–Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) conservative residents party is to join forces with regionalist centre-right Coalición Canaria (CC) to govern the main tourist municipality on Gran Canaria for the next four years. Marco Aurelio Pérez will serve as mayor for the entire four-year term, and the Popular Party will take charge of Employment, Sports, Roads and Infrastructure, and Human Resources, among other areas. The regionalists, led by Alejandro Marichal, will oversee Urban Planning, Economy and Finance, and Tourism as their main departments.
Storm Óscar Latest: Government of the Canary Islands Declares Rain Alert for Western Islands and Gran Canaria
Jun, 2023 |
A storm system, dubbed Óscar, has formed over the last few days over the mid-north Atlantic, unusual for this time of year, and has led to concern from meteorologists and journalists as it passes south of the Azores, its tail should reach The Canary Islands, before the system heads northeast towards mainland Spain. Advisory warnings have been issued in expectation of heavy rainfall, primarily in the Western Isles of the Canary Islands Archipelago, though some rainfall is also expected to reach Gran Canaria over the next couple of days. It seems unlikely that any major consequences will stem from the bad weather, however these things can be unpredictable and so every precaution is taken to ensure people are informed and kept safe.
Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors
Jun, 2023 |
The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.
Livestock farm owner detained for animal abuse and possession of a machine gun
Aug, 2018 | Animals, Crime, investigation, Police
The Guardia Civil recently detained the owner of a livestock farm on Gran Canaria for alleged animal abuse, after they located several corpses of animals on his farm, goats thrown into a ditch, as well as several dogs suffering with open wounds. The detainee, who has a prior police record for similar crimes, was also in possession of an old machine gun, of some historical value, and so he has also been accused of illegal possession of weapons.
The arrest took place on June 26 in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana and was carried out by the Guardia Civil’s Nature Protection Service, Seprona, working out of the Vecindario Guardia Civil and the Guardia Civil Command of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Seprona agents had already made several inspections to the farm since the end of last year, finding numerous irregularities with the livestock which in their view constituted criminal charges, denouncing the owner of the farm as alleged perpetrator of a crime of animal abuse.
To verify that this person had improved or eradicated these irregularities, the Seprona Patrol agents at the end of last month carried out a new inspection, finding the situation to still be very similar to the previous times. upon closer examination agents found a ditch on the farm with several animals corpses (goats) as well as mixed breed dogs with various open wounds, for which the owner of the farm was unable to present any veterinary certificates or documentation.
Continuing with the inspection of the farm, agents found hidden behind a few pallets a Spanish made Star RU-35 submachine gun – an obsolete weapon made more than 80 years ago, used during the Spain’s bloody civil war, and for a time carried by the Guardia Civil – without the owner of the farm being able to justify his legal possession of the weapon.
Therefore, the man was detained for the crimes of animal abuse and the illegal possession of firearms, and has been placed at the disposal of the first Court of Maspalomas, the weapon was confiscated, and placed at the disposal of the Court of Weapons Intervention of the Guardia Civil in Vecindario.
Illegal Trafficking: President of Gran Canaria “Animal Welfare” Association Investigated for Falsifying Export Certificates and Suspected Mistreatment of Animals
by Sanna | March 20, 2023 | Animals, News, Police | 2 CommentsA rogue individual, living on Gran Canaria and operating an unlicensed and unregistered facility supposedly dedicated to animal welfare, has been referred by the Guardia Civil to the Canarian justice system for illegal trafficking and documentary falsification of...
Gáldar pioneering in animal welfare with a new centre
by Sanna | March 18, 2023 | Animals, Cabildo, Community, Local Council | 0 CommentsThe project to build the Centre for Temporary Stay of Animals (CETA) El Sobradillo broke ground this week with the laying of the first stone in an act which included the citizens of Gáldar with dozens of animals of all kinds of conditions and breeds. This pioneering...
La Alcaldesa, the mayoress of Mogán, investigations continue before the courts, after trying to block Guardia Civil from looking at municipal files
by Timon .:. | November 5, 2022 | Crime, investigation, Local Council, Mogán, News | 0 CommentsLa Alcaldesa, O. Bueno, was called on Thursday, before the judge, to defend why she ordered her IT manager to stop Guardia Civil access to town hall computers after her arrest, not for the first time, back in September 2020. The case is just one of the several...
Blood & Gold: The ‘Discoverer’ and the brutality of conquest
by Timon .:. | October 11, 2022 | Crime, History, Immigrants, Military | 0 CommentsMany in Spain celebrate the national day, October 12, as a day for all Spaniards to revel in Spanishness, and remember an empire, replete with displays of military might, with marches and the waving of flags coloured blood and gold. For many, it is not a day of...
Newsbrief: 30 kg of hashish found floating by the beach in Arguineguín
by Sanna | June 24, 2022 | Crime, investigation, Mogán, Police | 0 CommentsAgents of the Mogán Local Police seized a 30-kilo bundle of hashish last week, on the night of June 19, that appeared floating near the Costa Alegre beach, in Arguineguín, Mogán. After being...
A fishing boat loaded with three tons of cocaine intercepted south of the Canary Islands
by Sanna | April 19, 2022 | Crime, News | 0 CommentsOfficials from the Spanish Tax Agency's Customs Surveillance Service, working as part of a joint operation with agents from the Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil, in waters south of the Canary Islands, last week, intercepted a fishing boat loaded with more than 2,900...
Mogán Policia Local track down and arrest two pickpockets in Puerto Rico
by Sanna | March 3, 2022 | Crime, News, Tourism | 0 CommentsMogán Policia Local say they stopped and arrested two pickpockets last week, after a day of surveillance, having received reports from Playa de Mogán, and subsequently a tourist whose belongings had been allegedly stolen in a pool bar, in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria,...
Newsbrief: Guardia Civil recover objects stolen from Mogan Mall with market value of €4870
by Sanna | February 10, 2022 | Crime, investigation, Mogán, Police | 0 CommentsThe Guardia Civil of the Main Post in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, in collaboration with the Policia Local of Santa Lucía, arrested three people between the ages of 26 and 33, with numerous prior police records, for thefts committed in commercial...
Police dismantle prolifically active cocaine organisation on Gran Canaria
by Sanna | February 10, 2022 | Crime, Economy, Police | 0 CommentsGuardia Civil and Policia Nacional, regarding Operation JEZABEL-DOOLITTLE, consider dismantled one of the most active criminal groups on the Island of Gran Canaria, specialised in the introduction and subsequent distribution of large quantities of cocaine on the...
Guardia Civil arrests two men for animal abuse and abandonment in Santa Lucía de Tirajana
by Sanna | January 27, 2022 | Community, Crime, News, Police | 0 CommentsThe Guardia Civil's Seprona Patrol (Environment and Animal welfare) from the Vecindario Post, between January 08 and 14, arrested a 26-year-old man and another 50-year-old man, as the alleged perpetrators of a crime of animal abuse and abandonment. The events...