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In the News people, Moroccan authorities rescued 57 people and took them back to Morocco. There is a reception centre at Almería port where initially the people rescued are assessed by Red Cross doctors and nurses, and a new one is being built to cope with the large numbers. Figures from 2018 are that 928 women with babies were rescued in Spain, which is seven times the numbers in 2017, and 267 of these were rescued and taken to Almería port. A staggering 63,000 boat people came to Spain including 7,500 women, and 6,000 of these women were taken to ports in Andalucía. Quite often the organisers of the boats will ring the coastguards and tell them where the boat is. They know that they will then be rescued! Tragically, there are a large number of people who drown on the journey. 30,000 Euros Spent at Almería Court Two very large court cases will shortly be heard at the Palace of Justice in Almería city. One of them is the prosecution of Ana Julia Quezada who is charged with murder of the 9 year old boy Gabriel that was the son of her partner. The disappearance of Gabriel resulted in an enormous police search and the woman subsequently confessed to the murder when police found Gabriel’s body in the boot of her car. She was often present at interviews with the press apparently giving her assistance and sympathy to the parents. Unknown to everyone she had murdered Gabriel almost immediately after he went missing. A jury will hear the case and it is expected that there will be an enormous media interest. The other large case is a result of the operation ‘Caso Poniente’ in 2008 with 65 people accused of various crimes of fraud relating to El Ejido town hall and a service company that creamed off very large amounts of money. To accommodate all the press and people charged there has been major work done that has cost 30,000 euros. 8,200 euros has been spent on enlarging the court where the 65 people will be in court with their lawyers. A room has been repainted and equipped with new wiring and air-

conditioning that will be the press room, with space for 50 print or television journalists. With closed circuit television and computer points this has cost 14,000 euros. A remodelled room has been completed where the jury can make their deliberations. The Caso Poniente trial will start in November and is expected to last until next July.

Almería UDA Has New Owner Supporter of the second division Almería UDA football club were very surprised to find that the club had a new owner from the beginning of August. A Saudi group led by millionaire Turki AlSheikh, who has been Saudi Minister of Sport, has bought the club with a 20 million euros investment and the taking over of the 7 million euro debts. Alfonso García and his two brothers have had equal shares in the club for the last 16 years, and the brothers have been looking for a new owner. A few days later the Saudi millionaire went to a notary in Almería city wearing a club shirt to complete the legalities. Turki Al-Sheikh announced that he intends to take the club up into the Premier Santander League with the purchases of new players and changes in management. Almost immediately the manager Óscar Fernandez was replaced by a manager who is well known to the millionaire as he has been a manager in Cyprus,

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The Almería Focus - September 2019  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of southeast Spain.

The Almería Focus - September 2019  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of southeast Spain.

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