News articles from the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura
In the case of the double murder committed
close to Callao Salvaje during January, a suspect has been arrested in Germany
and deported to Tenerife, where, on 25th April, he was admitted to prison. He
had been arrested once before, but despite the serious charges, had been set
free. In the incident on 12th January, three Eastern Europeans who were
travelling in a car were intercepted by another vehicle in which four or five
people were travelling. Following the impact between the two vehicles, two men
were brutally murdered and another was seriously injured but managed to escape
from the scene. One of the victims had his head smashed, and the other had his
throat cut. The injured survivor suffered bruising and stab wounds. The most
plausible hypothesis points to the fact that they were members of two opposing
gangs, one of which had committed several robberies at industrial premises,
actions which had annoyed the other gang. The attackers were apparently hired
hit-men who left the island immediately following the incident.
In Gran Canaria, National Police officers
have recently detained a 30 year-old Nigerian man who is accused of sexual
assault. He had been employed as a doorman at a discotheque in Maspalomas, and
had invited a 23 year-old Irish tourist to join him for a few drinks after he
had finished work. He took her to a few bars in the area, using his own car.
Later, he drove her to a quiet area near to the sand dunes where he tied her up
so that she could not escape and assaulted her in the car. Afterwards, he dumped
her and drove away. She sought help from some locals in the area, and eventually
reported the incident to the National Police. She was then taken to hospital in
Las Palmas for treatment. The man was arrested four days later.
In the south of Tenerife, in the opinion of
the Socialist group of the Ayuntamiento of Arona, the future of Los Cristianos
lies in the joining together of the main beach with the Playa de los Tarajales.
The plans for reconditioning the beach at Los Tarajales has been discussed
wsince the year 1995, and was apparently promoted by other politicians following
a recent visit to Madrid. But nothing has yet been done on this project, which
is considered essential to the local economy.