Spain to target environmental crime

Spain is to develop a nation-wide network of environmental prosecutors' offices "within a year" to clamp down on environmental crime, the country's prosecutor-general announced at a weekend conference. Such offices are currently restricted to major cities. Speaking at the same event, environment minister Cristina Narbona promised the government would honour an election pledge by providing the means to ensure effective prosecution of environmental crime (EED 05/03/04). A spokesman for the prosecutor-general's office said that identifying culprits has been the principle obstacle to effective prosecution up to now. Spanish prosecutor-general's office.

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