Spain says Gibraltar must act
The Spanish Government is at logger-heads with the executive of Gibraltar over drug smuggling and money laundering.
Spain says it is doing all it can to clampdown on the smuggling of illegal cigarettes and money laundering in this country but believes the authorities in Gibraltar are dragging their feet. This, they say, is causing damage to everyone’s economy.
However, the police have reported that criminal charges are pending in a number of cases in Gibraltar following extensive enquiries, including native Spaniards living there.
The Anti-Fraud Office has been investigating on the instructions of the European Union as there are indications that cigarette smuggling and money laundering has taken place at the detriment of other EU members.
Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in cigarette smuggling in southern Spain.