The investigation into the posting of an explicit video of Malaga coach Víctor Sánchez del Amo on social media will look into around 930 people who retweeted it. The court will be investigating each case individually and will focus on those who were "most active". Twitter has removed the video and shut down some of the profiles that spread the images.
Three arrests have been made so far. A Spanish man aged 41 was detained in Puente Genil (Cordoba) last weekend for allegedly spreading the video on Twitteer. His tweet was reposted 160 times, before he deleted it. He is not thought to have any connection with the blackmailers, rather collaborating in their diffusion of the video. Later, another user tweeted it again and that was then retweeted 770 times by others.
The other two detainees, from Torremolinos and Cordoba province respectively, are accused of spreading the video on WhatsApp. More arrests are expected in the coming weeks.
Last week the Cybercrime unit of the National Police passed on a detailed report of the offence to the duty court in Malaga and the prosecutor gave the go-ahead for an investigation to be carried out into all the people and media who had shared the video.
The cybercriminals behind the 'sextortion' of Víctor Sánchez del Amo tried to clone his identity on Twitter and pressure him into paying 20,000 euros to stop them publishing the sexually explicit video. The search for the blackmailers is proving somewhat more challenging for the authorities than attempts to find those who shared the footage.