Helga Schmidt arrest was ‘excessive’ and ‘unnecessary’, says Valencia governormain
We observed yesterday that the arrest of the artistic director of the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia was scandalous, heavy-handed and conceivably in breach of the European human rights convention.
The government of Valencia now appears to agree. In an extraordinary attack on the prosecuting authorities, the president of the Generalitat, Alberto Fabra, said that the police action at the Palau de les Arts has been “unnecessary”, “excessive” and “disproportionate” as well as damaging to the image of Valencia .
Helga herself is said to be calm but upset. Sources close to her said that the police were acting on information that had been in their possession for two years, originating from a disaffected former employee.