Bus chiefs arrested in Marbella probe

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2006, MADRID – Two directors from the Costa del Sol bus company Portillo have been arrested for bribery as part of the ongoing investigation into corruption in Marbella.

25 April 2006

MADRID – Two directors from the Costa del Sol bus company Portillo have been arrested for bribery as part of the ongoing investigation into corruption in Marbella.

The arrests bring the total number of suspects to 27. So far, those charged since investigations began in November 2005 include mayor Marisol Yague and planning chief Juan Antonio Roca, who is believed to be the brain behind much of the corruption. A lawyer's firm in Madrid and a number of other businesses have been the subject of charges.

On Tuesday, police identified the latest suspects simply as JMV and JMP, but said they managed the company CTSA which runs Portillo buses. A total of 17.5 passengers use the company's buses every year on routes to Algeciras and some 10 Spanish destinations, including Estepona, Benalmadena and Torremolinos.

The company employs 500 workers and has a fleet of 146 vehicles.

The investigations into corruption in Marbella led the government last month to suspend the city's council and hand its powers over to a temporary authority.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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