Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Entire village suspected of mayor's murder

Seems like the residents of this tiny Basque town in Northern Spain finally had it with their corrupt little petty tyrant of a mayor and told him to "Fago to hell" with a few bullets to drive the point home. Now that is what a real "vast conspiracy" is - at least as sleepy little towns go. When you are murdered by an entire town, you know you have been a bad boy. On a serious note, what if they had charged him with a crime and then sentenced him to death under the town laws? Would that still be "murder?"

By Fiona Govan

Miguel Grima was not a well-liked man. As mayor of a tiny hamlet in the foothills of the Pyrenees in northern Spain he had ruffled a few feathers.

The farmers turned against him when he put a stop to the centuries-old custom of herding livestock through village.

The hunters got annoyed when he refused to issue them with shooting licences and the local drinkers revolted after he prevented the settlement's only bar from setting out tables on the terrace in summer.

He had repeatedly received anonymous threatening letters and reportedly told friends recently that he feared for his life and he was considering standing down as mayor of Fago at the next election.

So last Friday evening when he failed to return home from a late council meeting in a nearby town, his wife took his absence seriously and contacted police.

The next day the battered body of Mr Grima was discovered in a roadside ditch. He had been shot at least four times in the head and chest at point-blank range.

Police believe Mr Grima was the victim of a meticulously planned ambush involving at least three perpetrators and, in a move worthy of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, the police are considering the entire population of the village as suspects.

[Read the rest here.]

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