Eight German vacationers flew back to Germany on Saturday morning after almost two months in custody in Mallorca. The German consul on the holiday island, Wolfgang Engstler, confirmed this to the German Press Agency.
“Bild” reported that the line machine with the hobby bowlers had landed in Münster. The detention ordered because of the allegation of arson was lifted by a Spanish judge on bail of 12,000 euros per person.
But the Germans are not off the hook yet. They are accused of starting a fire near the shooter on Playa de Palma on May 20 shortly after their arrival on the island. They are said to have thrown burning butts and alcohol from the balcony of their hotel room onto the thatched roof of the terrace of a restaurant below.
The roof caught fire. Two restaurants, an apartment and parts of the restaurant were damaged. Several people suffered minor injuries. The holidaymakers have denied starting the fire. If convicted, they could face years in prison.