EL SOLITARIO DENIES KILLINGS

The trial of the country’s most wanted bank robber, known as “El Solitario” (The Lone Ranger), took place in Pamplona last week. Jaime Giménez Arbe was arrested in Portugal a year ago after robbing a bank there. Giménez has also been accused of killing two Guardia Civil on June 9th, 2004, near Castejón in Navarre province which he denies. The two men were gunned down on a highway from a passing car. Last week he told that the court that if he had been forced to shoot during the bank robberies, which he admitted to, he always aimed for the knees. He said it was never his intention to kill anyone, because if it had, “there would be many more dead police”. However, forensic tests show that the two men were killed with the same gun found on Giménez when he was arrested. After giving testimony, the mother of one of the dead Guardia threw herself at Giménez, who had been sitting behind her, as she got up to leave the courtroom. She yelled “let me relieve my feelings” but two policemen led her away. El Solitario called after he that he had nothing to do with the death of her son. The judge is expected to hand down a sentence this week.

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