The Army dismisses the captain accused of the dying of two troopers throughout workout routines in Cerro Muriano | Spain | EUROtoday

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The Army has dismissed Captain Ignacio Zúñiga, head of the corporate to which the 2 troopers belonged who drowned on December 21 in a reservoir on the Cerro Muriano base (Córdoba) whereas finishing up maneuvers. The officer, assigned till now within the La Reina Infantry Regiment quantity 2, of the Guzmán el Bueno BOD).

Captain Zúñiga is essentially the most employed soldier of the three accused of two crimes in opposition to the effectiveness of the service leading to dying (reckless murder) by the Military Court No. 21, based mostly in Seville. Along with him, a lieutenant and sergeant have additionally been charged, based on Cadena Ser. The three commanders, based on the indictment, didn’t take the required measures to protect the safety of the troopers: the so-called Life line It was nothing greater than a rope stretched from shore to shore of the bogus raft that sank when the troopers clung to it as they started to drown in a reservoir by which they have been standing and their backpacks – some overloaded with an inert 3.5 kilo mine. as punishment—didn’t meet the required buoyancy circumstances. In addition to the 2 deceased, a number of different troopers suffered signs of hypothermia and a few needed to be hospitalized. In his look earlier than the decide, Captain Zúñiga assured that the safety measures have been appropriate and warranted that he “has not yet explained” why the 2 troopers drowned.

The day after the accident, Captain Zúñiga was already faraway from command of the corporate, however he remained assigned to the regiment, so he went to the barracks every day and was in touch with the witnesses. The widow of Corporal Miguél Ángel Andújar, 34, one of many two deceased, requested the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, that he be suspended from employment, a request additionally raised by the mother and father of soldier Carlos León, 24, the opposite drowned.

The navy decide has requested the events to rule on whether or not to raise the case to the central courts, upon appreciating indicators of accountability in commanders above the captain who could be exterior their jurisdiction. At the identical time, he has opened a disciplinary file and has raised the potential for accusing the lawyer Luis Romero, one of many non-public accusers, of a criminal offense of unveiling secrets and techniques, whom he accuses of getting knowledgeable the press in regards to the growth of the investigation, regardless of that the abstract shouldn’t be declared secret.

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