Melilla has returned to concentrate another controversy of the Ministry of the Interior for issues related to irregular immigration that plagues the border perimeter. This time the local Civil Guard vault is the focus of the controversy after the department headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska has decided to head off the city's Armed Institute with the dismissal of Colonel Jesús Vicente Torresano.
The dismissal, "unexpected" according to sources from the Armed Institute, has taken place suddenly, since Torresano only took office two months ago. At that time, the same sources reveal, the head of the Melilla Command wanted to implement a protocol of action against the assaults on the fence that involved opening proceedings against immigrants and prosecuting them in court.
He prepared a report and submitted it to the Police General Directorate. Weeks later, he was informed of his departure from Melilla.
Sources from the area of María Gámez downplayed Torresano's departure and attributed it to "recommendations from the chain of command" because, they insisted, "his lack of suitability" for the position.
They indicated that as a result of the decree of the Prosecutor's Office that endorsed the actions of the Civil Guard in the tragedy of the fence last June, with dozens of immigrants dead, they urged the General Directorate of the Civil Guard to act "legally and criminally" against the prosecutor in the case by not agreeing with his criteria of not penalizing immigrants.
Civil Guard sources consulted by this newspaper indicate, however, that the dismissal would also respond to their refusal to open disciplinary proceedings against the guards who were recorded allegedly throwing stones in the assault.
"This Administration has not worried about security. It has not reinforced the Melilla fence with material or human resources. Citizen security must remain outside of political struggles and ideologies and we must give the Spanish the greatest security, so It is not acceptable that we are always under minimum personnel and means to fulfill our mission," reflects Agustín Leal, communication secretary of the majority group of the Jucil Civil Guard.
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