By Humphrey Carter

THE ex-head of the former Balearic government's Consortium for Balearic Economic Development, Antonia Ordinas and her partner, the Soprano Isabel Rossello were last night being held on remand in Palma prison .

The couple were arrested earlier this week as part of a National Police fraud squad investigation into the misappropriation of public funds by the Consortium, a department of the Balearic Ministry for Commerce, during the former Presidency of the conservative Partido Popular leader Jaume Matas and the direction of Antonia Ordinas.

The two prime suspects in the alleged fraud investigation, which is also looking into claims of alleged bribery and money laundering, yesterday appeared before a remand hearing but decided to use their right to remain silent as a precautionary measure because, according to their lawyer, Ordinas and Rossello do not know what version of events the other suspects have given the court