A police unit on the island of Mallorca has been accused of holding an illegal party at their headquarters in the capital, Palma de Mallorca.
It is alleged that 15 on-duty officers attended a leaving bash that was organized to celebrate the departure of a retiring colleague.
The party exceeeded the number of attendees allowed and is in violation of the national and local measures in force limiting the social gatherings to six people.
The unit involved in the controversy has released a press statement vehemently denying that there was any wrongdoing.
Instead they claim that the gathering was ‘purely an institutional act’ that was ‘carried out within the force’s premises’ and ‘during working hours’.
“Can it be classed as an illegal party if it is an act carried out by people who are working?
“We have not violated anything, not even the curfew,” the statement read.
At the end of last year, the islands regional premier, Francina Armengol, faced similar accusations after being found at one of the capital’s bars at 2am.
This was seen as a clear breach of the restrictions enforced by her own government, which had introduced strict curfews, which at the time included that all venues must closed by 1am.
In a statement released later, she blamed the incident on a fellow minister “fainting” and having to wait for him to recover so they could leave the premised.