A presumed Italian drug dealer and mafioso, Marcelo Roberto Marín Iannadrea, has been identified by Catalan police as the person who allegedly stole the identity of Catalan Óscar Sánchez (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Sánchez is a car-washer from Mongat, and it was with his DNI (National Identity number) that the presumed dealer was able to register in a hotel and set up a mobile phone line with which to coordinate a cocaine smuggling ring. Sánchez was arrested and extradited to Italy, accused of these crimes; he has now spent a year in prison and been sentenced to a 14-year jail term. However, the Catalan police force undertook an investigation into the affair, following a report on May 8th in El Periodico, which included information pointing to the possibility that Sánchez was the victim of identity theft. Following their investigation, the police have not only found evidence of the Catalan's innocence but also found a witness who has identified the person who was using his identity card.
The Catalan employment market is continuing to have problems in recovering from the economic crisis, and forecasts from Catalunya Caixa and the government predict that the difficulties will continue into next year (read article in Catalan here, Avui). Figures released this week say that unemployment in Catalunya will reach its highest level this year, with a peak of 18.2 percent but in 2012 the situation will hardly improve, with around 17.9 percent of people out of work—these are the findings of applied economics professor Josep Oliver of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Meanwhile, in the industrial sector, while exports are doing well, the number of job places continues to fall. "This asymmetry is due to the fact that the sector is still in a process of restructuring its productivity capacity," according to Oliver, "part of which was not being used, and as such exports can grow." He also pointed out that while manufacturing only represents 16 percent of Catalunya's economy now, it will also improve by focusing on technology and mechanisation, rather than human labour, while the service industry, which is thriving, is much more reliant on such labour, which makes it more difficult for it to get rid of job places.
A moped driver has died this morning, and his passenger injured, after their bike collided with a car in Plaça Tetuan (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The accident took place at 6.55 and, according to a report from the Guardia Urbana, the moped driver hit a lamp-post after the crash and was killed at the scene. Two ambulances attended the accident, as well as members of the Guardia Urbana.