Random Rants (12): Is everyone in Spain a private detective?

Is unemployment so high in Spain that everyone’s become a private detective? It feels like it. Either that or the country lives in one big Pedro Almodóvar-style reality-film, full of neurotic gun-wielding female characters, Mafioso conspiracy theories or politico-policial ‘love triangles’. And those who really are trained detectives should give up their jobs. It seems like the crime has already been solved by everyone else. There’s nothing like a murder in Spain …

Isabel Carrasco, 59, a Popular Party politician who headed up the Provincial Council in León, was shot dead in the street yesterday just after 5pm as she was walking across a footbridge in the middle of the northern city of León, close to her home. First reports came through that it was an ‘assassination’. Just to put that in perspective, the definition of an assassination is a ‘murder [of an important person] for political or religious reasons’.

Within minutes, the Popular Party (PP) and the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) announced that they would be suspending their campaigning for the day for the forthcoming European elections.

Soon after the crime, a woman was arrested over the shooting, according to police sources, who later also confirmed the arrest of the alleged perpetrator’s daughter. The two women are mother and daughter of a police inspector of the Policía Nacional. It now transpires that the daughter arrested is Montserrat Triana Martínez González, who was herself a candidate for the PP municipal elections in 2007 … and was since then also a ‘telecommunications engineer’ who assessed projects carried out by the local council of León, until she lost her job in 2011. The Interior Ministry quickly pointed to a possible “personal revenge” motive relating to the death. It was initially reported that the daughter had been dismissed from the Provincial Council ‘the day before’, but which was later changed to ‘2 years previously’ – and that she had very recently lost a compensation claim against her former employers.

Reports are now coming through that Isabel Carrasco, the murdered woman, was one of the ‘most controversial political figures’ of the region of Castilla y León, and had been ‘accumulating enemies for 30 years’. Er … someone must be grieving for her, no? She must have had family, friends, relatives. Where is the constraint or ‘respect’ in Spain? I was wondering if her body was even cold yet …

My question is this: do ‘alleged perpetrators’ and victims of crime ever get a fair trial in Spain? Or is it all done and dusted by the press and social media beforehand?

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