The authorities are still investigating how shady lawyer José Emilio Rodríguez Menéndez managed to get a passport and flee during a recent four-day leave from jail. Rodríguez Menéndez is serving time on several charges, including distributing a scandalous video of the editor of El Mundo newspaper, Pedro J Ramirez, who was secretly filmed wearing a scarlet corset while cavorting with an African prostitute named Exuberencia. The video turned out to be false. He was given a four-day pass for good behaviour from Teixeiro in Galicia two weeks ago and managed to get a new passport to replace the one that was confiscated when he was sent to jail. Apparently the judge had omitted to inform passport offices that there was a ban on issuing him a new one. The lawyer’s whereabouts are currently unknown, and the authorities admit he could be anywhere, given his known connections to several international drug dealers.

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