National Police members stand guard after former president of the People's Party of Catalonia and Former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, was shot in the face by a gunman on motorbike in Madrid, Spain, 09 November 2023. EPA-EFE/Borja Sanchez-Trillo


Spain’s police detain three in probe into murder attempt on politician


Spanish police on Tuesday detained three people in their investigation into a murder attempt on the former head of Spain’s conservative People’s Party in Catalonia.

One of the suspects was arrested in the southern port city of Malaga and the other two in Granada, a police source told Reuters, confirming early reports from news website El Confidencial and radio station Cadena SER.

Two of them were Spanish nationals and the third suspect’s nationality had not been determined yet, the source said.

Police are looking into whether they have links with foreign countries.

Alejo Vidal-Quadras was shot in the face on a side walk in the wealthy neighbourhood of Salamanca in central Madrid at 1:30 p.m. on November 9 by a gunman wearing a helmet who fled on a motorbike.

The 78-year-old conservative politician survived the attack as the bullet passed through his jaw, but is reportedly still in hospital.

An anti-terrorism court is in charge of case investigation. The court spokesperson was not immediately able to comment.

Vidal-Quadras is the former head of the centre-right People’s Party (PP) in Catalonia and a founder of Spain’s far-right Vox party. He also served as European Parliament vice-president between 2009 and 2014.

He has been a staunch ally of the Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an exile opposition group that has blamed the Iranian government for the attack.