Spain clarifies compensation
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• Lorry drivers wrongly imprisoned in Spain can enter their claim for damages later than previously thought, it has been revealed.
A Spanish ministry of justice letter received last week by the legal organisation Fair Trials Abroad confirms that foreigners who are either convicted and then pardoned or who are released after arrest can submit a claim for compensation, without the need for a lawyer, up to a year after their release. It was previously/ believed that the time limit was three months and lawyers had to be used. But the clarification will do nothing to help Roy Clarke, the Surrey lorry driver who was released from jail in Malaga after his conviction for carrying drugs was quashed. He was released in October 1995 and did not submit a claim for compensation because he could not afford the legal bills.