Tuesday, May 22, 2012

An end to random ID checks in Spain

This always seemed like a holder-over from the Franco days and I’m surprised that it took so long to abolish it. I saw this done quite a during rush hour, the police would be standing at the exit of the train station in Sant Cugat and pull out any South American looking person, and arrest them if they didn’t have papers.

Now the police can only demand ID if there is a reasonable suspicion that a crime is being (or has been) committed.

Strange that we had to wait for a right wing government for this piece of common sense. Perhaps they were starting to get annoyed that their cleaning ladies and nannies kept getting arrested.


Ole miss said...

Can you reference the new law or day it was signed into law?
Our maid keeps using this as an excuse to be late!

santcugat said...

AFAIK it was published in a police cicular, so it wasn't really a change in the law as much as a change of police policy.

Not sure exactly what triggered the change, someone mentioned that there was a court case, but I couldn't find any mention of it.