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A Stone in Spain's ShoeThe Search for a Solution to the Problem of Gibraltar$
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Peter Gold

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232094

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317262

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Spain's Role in Death on the Rock

Spain's Role in Death on the Rock

March-April 1989

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(p.159) Eighteen Spain's Role in Death on the Rock
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A Stone in Spain's Shoe
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317262.018

This chapter discusses the re–emergence of the issue of the shooting of three IRA suspects in Gibraltar. On 15 March 1989, following a ceremony at which twenty–two Spanish policemen were given awards for their part in tracking the IRA activists, the Spanish police confirmed that they had in fact informed the British security forces on 6 March 1988 that the three suspects had left Torremolinos and were heading for Gibraltar but without arms or explosives. At the inquest the official British version had been that the Spanish police had failed to pass on this information, and that the SAS had not therefore known exactly when the terrorists would arrive on the Rock or whether they were armed. This version had been used to absolve the members of the SAS of unlawful killing at the inquest held during September 1988.

Keywords:   shooting, IRA, terrorists, inquest, British security, SAS, Spanish police

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