Statistics have revealed that 2013 saw a record number of illegal incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, by Spanish vessels. This Saturday’s edition of UK broadsheet, the Telegraph explains that details unfold almost double the tally for 2012, as tensions between Gibraltar and Spain peaked during the Summer period, following actions made by the Government of Gibraltar to drop an artificial reef into BGTW, in order to protect and preserve marine wildlife.
Two men were challenged by officers of HM Customs on Friday evening after being seen north of Eastern Beach. They were seen carrying black holdall and began running north towards the frontier fence. Officers gave chase and retrieved the two bags; the two men made good their escape empty-handed into Spain.
The Spanish Supreme Court has upheld the validity of a hefty 1.7 million euro fine imposed by Spain’s council of ministers on Jyske Bank Gibraltar Ltd. The fine relates to the alleged refusal by the bank to provide customer information as part of a money laundering investigation which was launched by Spain in 2007.
Almost two-thirds of Spaniards want King Juan Carlos to abdicate according to a poll released yesterday. The Spanish monarch has been on the throne for 38 years.