Córdoba, (EFE).- The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, denied this Friday that there was a “dismantling” of the unit that fights drug traffickers (OCON SOUTH) in the Campo de Gibraltar and assured that it was a “restructuring”.
Speaking to journalists, after handing over in Cordoba the decorations of the patron saint of penitentiary establishments during the commemoration of the La Merced festival, the minister reaffirmed that “there has been no dismantling” and that the 150 soldiers who made up an “extraordinary” and temporary unit”, now it is “moved and configured as something already structured”.
The authority of the Campo de Gibraltar
He added that the “narco” must be confronted “at all times” and “it is the government’s commitment with the Campo de Gibraltar”, while he recalled that “the first thing this government agreed on in July 2018” was to return the “principle of authority” in the area and in the bordering territories which “was already restored to cause”.
Thus, according to Grande-Marlaska, the “restructuring” of the unit for the fight against drug trafficking is an “additional step” to “guarantee a structure of human and material resources” which allows it to be “even more effective in the fight against drug trafficking”. .” “.
In addition, he acknowledged the “successes” of the past four years in “the fight against organized and dangerous crime which calls into question many democratic values” and, therefore, the agents from now on “will be in the judicial police units of the different commands” and which will be coordinated by the “Regional Center for Analysis and Intelligence”, he explained.
“We will continue to increase the number of staff”, assured the minister, who mentioned thea public job offer this year “with more than 4,500 new soldiers between the police and the civil guard” which allowed “to recover almost the 13,000 soldiers who were lost during the seven years of popular government”.
Transfers of ETA detainees
On another side, on prison transfers of ETA detaineesthe Minister recalled that the rule of law is based on “the application of the law” and that, therefore, Spanish citizens “would never understand that a government does not always apply it”.
“It is the application of the law which marks a state of law and obviously a government”, defended the minister, who insisted on the fact that it was the same “state of law” which had “conquered the barbarism of ETA”, a “terrorist organisation”. which “caused more than 850 dead, including many seriously injured, many threatened and many displaced”. ECE