EU farm aid fraud accused will not stand trial

6th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 October 2006, MADRID — The former director of a Spanish farming agency was told on Friday he is not to stand trial for an alleged EUR 3 million fraud.

6 October 2006

MADRID — The former director of a Spanish farming agency was told on Friday he is not to stand trial for an alleged EUR 3 million fraud.

Nicolás López de Coca, who headed the Spanish Guaranteed Farming Fund, was accused along with 18 others in connection with European Union subsidies.

Other defendants claim the High Court has no jurisdiction to rule over the case.

They face sentences of between seven months and three years for changing their firms into flax treatment plants just so they could qualify for EU aid.

But the defence claim the EUR 3m was "not significant" compared with the loss of EUR 113m in agricultural aid that Spain faced.

The investigation began in 2001.

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Subject: Spanish news 

 

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