Corrupt town hall officials to be expelled for graft
23 October 2006, MADRID — The government announced a series of measures on Monday to expel party officials involved in corruption linked to property speculation.
23 October 2006
MADRID — The government announced a series of measures on Monday to expel party officials involved in corruption linked to property speculation.
The socialists promised to dismiss anyone who faces "reasonable" suspicion of being involved in graft.
They urged the main opposition conservative Popular Party to follow their example.
The move comes after a series of civic corruption scandals involving mayors or council officials from both major parties.
Jose Blanco, socialist secretary, said: "All those against which there are reasonable suspicions of criminality or whose conduct arouses suspicions in the conduct of their jobs, we will expel."
At the weekend, Blanco said both main parties should form a "zero tolerance" pact against civic corruption.
In a series of ten measures, the socialists promised to attack any "indiscriminate" reclassification of land, to guarantee the transparency of information and to comply with the law "scrupulously".
In an series of cases, land has been reclassified by corrupt council officials as fit for large-scale property development even though it has been in a natural park or in areas where building is forbidden.
The government is currently reforming the Land Law to try to eradicate loopholes which have been used by corrupt civic officials and property developers.
The law is passing through the parliament.
The most notorious case of civic graft was in Marbella, where the entire council was dissolved in March after the mayoress and head of urban planning were among 15 arrested for an alleged multi-million euro fraud.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news