13 June 2017
On 9 June, close cooperation between Spanish Guardia Civil and Italian Carabinieri resulted in the arrest of an Italian national in Barcelona, suspected of participating in the robbery and murder of a goldsmith two years earlier in Monteu Roero, Italy. The successful operation, which also involved the French Gendarmerie, was coordinated by the Public Prosecution Office of Asti, with the cooperation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Madrid and Investigative Court num. 52 of Madrid and the active support of Eurojust.
The Italian suspect was on the run from the Italian authorities since November 2016, when he managed to avoid arrest in Italy and escape to France. The Italian authorities then issued a European Arrest Warrant, and requested Eurojust’s assistance in its execution.
The Italian, French and Spanish Desks at Eurojust worked very closely with their respective national counterparts to facilitate the exchange of information and operational coordination required to locate and apprehend the suspect. Thanks to the cooperation of all relevant national authorities ensured by Eurojust, the investigators determined that after travelling through France, the suspect relocated to Spain and lived there under a false identity using forged Swiss documents. As a result, the suspect was apprehended in Barcelona along with his Italian girlfriend, who is charged with forgery of documents.
Mr Filippo Spiezia, National Member for Italy at Eurojust, said ‘This textbook operation clearly shows that Eurojust’s contribution to making our countries safer places to live is crucial. The apprehension of this dangerous Italian fugitive is an example of swift and effective judicial cooperation, and the result of the coordination between the Italian prosecuting authority, the Public Prosecution Office of Asti, and our Spanish and French colleagues supporting this case at Eurojust and from their home authorities.’