A former health adviser in Ceuta, one of two Spanish enclaves in northern Africa, was remanded in custody this week on charges of sexually abusing unaccompanied migrant minors, judicial and media imgs said Saturday.
THE Spanish public television RTVE clarified that the arrest of the former politician is linked to the abuse of unaccompanied minor Moroccan immigrants, who were staying in a reception center in the small enclave.
In a decision made public on Friday night, a Spanish court with jurisdiction in Ceuta ordered Javier Guerrero, who is a doctor, to be taken into custody immediately.
“The court decided to put Dr. Javier G. in custody, without the possibility of parole, due to the alleged commission of the crime of sexual abuse of minors,” an Andalusian court said.
“The suspect did not answer the questions put to his lawyer. Justice will continue its investigations,” the announcement added.
No other details were released, but Mr. Guerrero himself said on Twitter that he was arrested on Wednesday at his home in front of his wife and children.
El Mundo newspaper reported that the arrest followed an investigation carried out for more than a year by the police and the Guardia Civil, following the 2021 migration crisis.
In May 2021, over 10,000 people crossed the border into Ceuta, with Moroccan border guards accused of turning a blind eye. Among them were hundreds of unaccompanied minors.
Although most of the migrants were deported in the days that followed, some 820 children and teenagers remained in Ceuta.
That crisis erupted amid a major diplomatic crisis between Madrid and Rabat, which has since been resolved.
Mr. Guerrero began his political career with the colors of the People’s Party (right) in 2015. He was named Health advisor in Ceuta in 2019.
He resigned from office in 2021 after admitting to breaking the rules on vaccination against COVID-19.
Last year, he left the People’s Party and founded his own political faction, Ceuta Avanza.
The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, on the coast of northern Africa, have for years attracted populations of refugees and immigrants who flee to escape the wars and poverty of their homelands on the continent—and beyond—and seek a better life in Europe.
Source: News Beast
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