The Justice imposes penalties of 20 to 22 years in prison on those accused of killing the Llanes councilor Javier Ardines

The Oviedo Court has sentenced the four accused of killing the IU de Llanes (Asturias) councilor Javier Ardines, who was killed on a local road a few meters from his house, to sentences ranging from 20 to 22 years in prison. on August 16, 2018.

The four accused of murdering Javier Ardines, IU councilor in Llanes were found guilty

The four accused of murdering Javier Ardines, IU councilor in Llanes were found guilty

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The alleged inducer, Pedro NA, who would have planned the crime after learning that his wife and the councilor had a relationship, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, as have the two Algerian citizens accused of executing the crime in exchange for money, Djilali B. and Maamar K., while Jesús M. has been sentenced to 20 years as an intermediary.

The four defendants, who were found guilty on December 1 unanimously by a popular jury after a trial that lasted for 18 sessions, They must also compensate the widow and the two children of Ardines with 400,000 euros jointly and severally.

During the trial, the popular court attended the report of the experts from the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Technological Research, Tracking and Analysis who participated in searches, arrests, DNA analysis and the objects allegedly used in the ambush of the mayor, as well such as the geopositioning of mobile phones, which is one of the main evidence provided by both the Prosecutor's Office and the private prosecution.

The defenses, for their part, asked during the hearing that the verdict be not guilty by questioning the Civil Guard investigation due to the lack of direct evidence, both from cameras and witnesses, that place the accused in Belmonte de Pría on August 16, 2018, when Javier Ardines was ambushed when he got out of his vehicle to remove one of the fences that blocked his way and, after being sprayed with a pepper spray, he was hit with a stick and a baseball bat and subsequently strangled to death.


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