Six Spanish hunters, detained for a month in Turkey after being accused of an accident wherein the Police deny their involvement | EUROtoday

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Four weeks held in Turkey after an alleged accident of which many of the particulars are unknown. The journey that six Spanish hunters undertook on the finish of January has become a nightmare. Although they need to have returned on February 4, for 20 days they’ve been in a resort in Istanbul with a prohibition on leaving the nation and the duty to report back to the police station each Sunday.

The occasions that motivated the motion towards them occurred on February 3, the day earlier than their return. That day, a Turkish citizen reported having suffered accidents when he was about two kilometers from the realm the place the hunters' hunt was happening. This was interrupted by the arrival of police brokers who took them to a barracks and made them hand over their weapons.

In dialog with EL MUNDO, one of many hunters, Francisco López, explains that two subsequent police stories keep “that it is impossible that from our position we were responsible for the alleged shooting”. According to his story, the complainant claimed a “disproportionate” quantity regardless of having spent solely 4 days in a hospital and with a wound, he insists, whose origin couldn’t be decided.

“He had a small wound on his head from a graze,” the Spanish hunter particulars concerning the man who reported them. They met him final Wednesday when, after reaching an settlement together with his household and within the presence of attorneys, they handed him over a financial institution verify for “a very important amount” that they like to not element.

However, regardless of the fee of this compensation and the ensuing withdrawal of the lawsuit towards them, the Prosecutor's Office has not closed the case. Previously, they’d additionally provided the decide to pay bail in case they had been thought-about civilly accountable. “The court was dragging its feet when it came to setting said bail: first it was going to be Tuesday the 20th, then the 21st, and then it was set for the following week, until the 24th was denied without any justification,” he laments. Francisco.

With the compensation paid and with out with the ability to deposit that bond, the six hunters denounce that “the situation is unsustainable for morality and the economy.” Although the Spanish embassy in Turkey has assisted them “with all the means they say they have at their disposal,” they criticize that “neither by the Spanish Government nor by the Turkish authorities is anything being done to solve this painful situation.”

Francisco López trusts that the fee of compensation will lead, sooner moderately than later, to the lifting of the precautionary measures towards them. But the whole lot that occurred makes him distrustful. “We are sunk, for our families and for our jobs,” concludes.