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Wiretapping and Surveillance Rules

Under the criminal code, interception of electronic communications requires a court order. There have been several scandals in Spain over illegal wiretapping by the intelligence services. In 1995, Deputy Prime Minister Narcis Serra, Defense Minister Julian Garcia Vargas, and military intelligence chief Gen. Emilio Alonso Manglano were forced to quit following revelations that they had monitored the conversations of hundreds of people, including King Juan Carlos. More recently, Juan Alberto Perote, the former head of operations of the Centro Superior de Información de la Defensa (CESID, the Spanish secret service, which was part of the armed forces until it was replaced by the CNI in 2002), was found guilty on April 12, 2005, and sentenced to four months in prison. In the first trial in 1999, Manglano and Perote both received sixth-month sentences and five CESID officers were sentenced to six months, although the Constitutional Tribunal annulled this ruling on March 29, 2004 after it deemed that the judge who heard the case was not impartial. Charges brought against Emilio Alonso Manglano and the five CESID officers by private individuals and groups placed under surveillance were dropped. Perote criticised the decision against him, claiming that his director, Manglano, and members of the Socialist Party government of the time knew about "this activity," which was carried out between 1983 and 1991.



Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2011 at 06:12:56 AM EST
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