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article image2 Spanish policemen arrested for stealing €1 million in Ibiza

By Anne Sewell     Nov 4, 2013 in Crime
Ibiza - Two National Police officers on the island of Ibiza have been arrested for allegedly stealing €990,000 (around $1.3 million) from a company owned by former Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister, Abel Matutes.
Between early Friday and Saturday, October 26, the office of Matutes on the third floor of a building the company owns in Ibiza city, was broken into, with thieves making off with €990,000 (around $1.3 million) from the safe.
After investigations on Sunday, police have managed to recover most of the money and have returned it to Matutes.
The two offending officers were taken into custody, and while police believe there were more people involved in the theft, they say that these two persons were key to the operation.
According to El Mundo (Spanish language) Matutes wants to now donate €100,000 to the National Police Orphan Foundation in gratitude for their work.
One of the suspects was honored by the Corps in 2012 and is a well-known rally driver and had recently announced plans to open a driving school on the island.
Matutes held the post of Spain's Foreign Affairs Minister from 1996 to 2000. He then formed a holding company, Matutes, which owns several businesses including an international hotel chain, several real estate and construction companies, travel agencies and food distribution businesses.
The hotel chain reported a net profit of 300 million euros in 2012, apparently the best year in its history.
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