|Friday 13 December, 2013 Edition #4218|
Mafia suspects in court on Saturday
By Humphrey Carter
The Guardia Civil were yesterday congratulated on the success of one of the biggest operations against organised crime to date in Spain.
Palma.—The six Russians and two Spaniards arrested in Thursday’s police raids on properties in Palma, Peguera and Inca, are due to appear before a remand hearing tomorrow.
All eight are suspected by Interpol of being part of one of Moscow’s most active Mafias and one, Alexander Romanov, is suspected of being the boss of the criminal organisation which the Guardia Civil have been investigating for the past 20 months.
Family of four injured in mosque fire
Palma.—Four members of the same family were injured in the early hours of yesterday morning when a fire swept through the mosque in Lloseta.
The mother and father, both aged 25, have been flown to Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona in critical conditions suffering from 30 percent and 75 percent burns to their bodies, respectively and are both attached to breathing machines.
GOB opposes opening of Cabrera refuge
By Francisco Cortez
Environmental group GOB warned the authorities yesterday that their plan to open a refuge on Cabrera will put the local flora under more pressure.
Palma.—The opening of a refuge in then Cabrera National Park is set to double the number of people heading to the island to spend the night but the organisation is concerned it will have a negative impact on the environment.
“The daily running of the park will change in a lot of ways. Water consumption will most likely increase to cover basic hygiene services like toilets and showers.”
Balearic citizens losing their sleep over the recession
The recession is reaching way beyond the financial struggle, with eighth out of ten citizens in the Balearics confirming their stress levels have gone up since 2007.
Palma.—Over eighty percent of the population which took part in a survey conducted by Herbalife on healthy lifestyle habits, confirmed their anxiety levels have gone up over the last few years.
Almost a third of the citizens in the Balearics taking part in the poll also said they need to take sleeping pills to get some rest.
Only some 16% of the residents said they slept eight hours a day on average, with the majority settling for just less than seven hours.
The Guardia Civil claim missing Malen has been using the social networks
The search for missing 15-year-old Malen Oriz continues with the Guardia Civil still keeping all options open but it appears that they have proof that the teenager, who has been missing now for nearly two weeks, is still alive after having found traces of her using social networks.
However, it still remains to be confirmed whether she ran away from home on her own accord of whether a thirds party is involved.
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