Ex-Marbella mayor acquitted of criminal housing charge

24th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2006, MALAGA – Former Marbella mayor Julián Muñoz and seven ex-councillors have been acquitted of a criminal charge over a building application in a green zone.

24 July 2006

MALAGA – Former Marbella mayor Julián Muñoz and seven ex-councillors have been acquitted of a criminal charge over a building application in a green zone.

Criminal court number 2 in Malaga said Munoz and the other councillors had acted illegally and against the norms in giving the go-ahead for six buildings in a green area in December 1996. However, the court said the criminal system only dealt with illegal administration that was also "unfair and arbitrary".

The criminal system should intervene "when the decision is intolerable for the harmony of the judicial system and contravenes in a flagrant, crazy or absurd way the regulative norms of the administration activity", stated the ruling.

Muñoz was arrested and remanded in custody last week in the latest stage of an operation against a multi-billion euro civic corruption scandal in the Andalusian city.

The 58-year-old still faces around 100 charges concerned with bribery and theft of public funds.

He is the latest person to come under the spotlight as part of Operation Malaya, which was launched in March against council officials who were allegedly taking bribes to grant illegal building deals to property moguls on the Costa del Sol.

The central government in Madrid took the unprecedented step of dissolving the city council in Marbella, which is being run by a management team.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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