Spain Still Paying Bonuses to 115 Police Given Medals by Franco


More than four decades after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, the Spanish government has said it continues to pay bonuses to 115 police officers who were awarded medals during his regime, including one officer accused of multiple acts of torture.

The revelation came last week in response to a parliamentary question about a custom of boosting the pensions of officers who win awards. With each medal yielding a pension bonus of as much as 15 percent, the question asked how many now-retired officers had been given honors before 1979 and, as such, receive topped-up pensions from the Spanish government.

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The Guardian