Wednesday, 4 May 2011

A tourist who was mistakenly imprisoned on an Easter trip to Granada two years ago has taken his claim for compensation to the National Court.

Juan Enrique Tena Martín from Madrid spent 5 days behind bars in Semana Santa 2009 when he was mistaken for a suspect with a similar surname, a man who had in fact been in prison since February that year. He was arrested in his hotel by the National Police and sent to prison on Easter Thursday, but the public holidays and the weekend meant that it was not until the following Monday that the error could be confirmed.

EFE indicates that the Interior Ministry admitted the damages caused in January this year, and offered the unfortunate tourist 3,000 € in compensation. He considers that to be insufficient and has applied to the National Court for 50,000 €.

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