Chief Minister keeps away from Spain for fear of arrest

The chief minister Peter Caruana is keeping away from crossing the frontier into Spain for fear he might be arrested, following the complaint made by the La Linea mayor to a court there in relation to the New Flame situation.

An arrest could provoke a diplomatic incident.

The so-called 'denuncia' from the La Linea municipality accuses Mr Caruana and the Gibraltar Government of mishandling the New Flame issue.

A report on GBC says that, whether by accident or design, his stand could well have the effect of provoking the Spanish government to intervene at least privately to persuade the maverick PP mayor to drop the legal action.

This is because it is seen as very unlikely that the tripartite forum could meet in Spain, if at all, with such a threat hanging over Mr Caruana.

GBC does not quote any source for the information it has broadcast.