Corruption scam puts end to Marbella city council
4 April 2006, MADRID — The Spanish government is to take the unprecedented step of dissolving Marbella city council in the wake of the civic corruption scandal in which it has become embroiled.
4 April 2006
MADRID — The Spanish government is to take the unprecedented step of dissolving Marbella city council in the wake of the civic corruption scandal in which it has become embroiled.
After an emergency cabinet meeting, deputy prime minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega said this was the first time a democratic Spanish government had taken such a step without a popular vote.
She added: "This government does not tolerate, nor will tolerate nor will ever protect the corrupt."
She said the move was taken to defend "public progress".
Fernadez de la Vega said cases like Marbella caused "social alarm" and condemned those "who enrich themselves illicitly through public life".
The council is to be replaced by a designated management team from nearby Malaga.
The matter is to be debated in the upper house of the Spanish senate on Wednesday and the council will be formally dissolved on Friday.
Mariano Rajoy, leader of the opposition Popular Party, has called for municipal elections to be called.
The law states when a council is dissolved, elections must be called within three months.
Twenty-one people are currently in custody in connection with the corruption scandal.
So far, police have seized EUR 2.4 billion worth of goods and cash.
Operation Malaya has lead to the arrest of the mayor of the resort city, Marisol Yague and the head of urban planning, Juan Antonio Roca, who was said to be the brains behind the tangled web of bribery, trafficking of influences and fraud centred around property on the Costa del Sol.
The head of police, Rafael del Pozo, was due in court to answer charges in connection with the case.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news