First step toward identifying remains of 58 victims of Formentera Penitentiary at cemetery

The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to report that this month the first step has been taken to locate, exhume and identify remains in the island's cemetery of the 58 documented victims of the Francoist prison that operated next to S'Estany des Peix between 1940-1942.

On 8 February, the Formentera Office of Social Welfare issued a resolution authorising exhumation of the graves and cadaveric remains located in Patio 2 of the municipal cemetery (appearing in BOIB no. 23/2022, 12 February). A period of consultation and public exhibition of the document began on publication and will continue until 15 March.

Plans for the operations were drafted by Dr. Almudena García-Rubio Ruíz, of the Aranzadi Science Society. They are part of the Third Plan for Mass Graves 2021-2022 of the Balearic Ministry of Energy Transition, Productive Sector and Democratic Memory.

23 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera