Brown LisaA Spanish judge has been ordered to reopen his inquiry into the partner of missing Alexandria woman Lisa Brown, pictured above.

Javier Garcia Ramila has been told he must rule on whether Simon Corner should be charged and prosecuted over Lisa’s disappearance following expert analysis of his mobile phone.

Lisa’s family were given fresh hope after a successful appeal against a shock decision last April to halt the probe into convicted criminal Corner, 36.

State prosecutors were behind the decision to freeze the investigation – but helped secure the reopening of the court case by supporting Lisa’s family appeals in an 11th-hour change of heart.

Lisa’s brother Craig Douglas said: “It’s frustrating that things are taking so long but we can’t fault what the Guardia Civil have done and we’re confident we will get there in the end.”

Three judges at a higher provincial court in Cadiz, south-east Spain, ordered the court in San Roque, which led the investigation into Lisa’s November 2015 disappearance, to reopen the case.

The decision was taken last month following a behind-closed-doors hearing but was only made public yesterday.

The three appeal judges ruled a mobile belonging to Corner should first be fully analysed more than two years after police obtained authorisation to get a specialist data recovery firm to look at it.

It is thought the mobile is one of the devices police recovered from a harbour in Copenhagen in April 2016 after Corner’s arrest in the Danish capital.

Lisa’s family have not wavered in their view Corner still has a lot to answer for.

A £100,000 reward offered last year for information on the whereabouts of Lisa, originally from Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, remains on the table.

The reopened inquiry is based on the premise that Lisa was the victim of homicide or illegal detention, even though her body has never been found.

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