Ex-Marbella mayor ordered to serve jail term

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2006, MADRID – A judge has given the former mayor of Marbella, Julián Muñoz, five days to hand himself in to prison in relation to illegally completing a development called Banana Beach.

25 April 2006

MADRID – A judge has given the former mayor of Marbella, Julián Muñoz, five days to hand himself in to prison in relation to illegally completing a development called Banana Beach.

The judge of Malaga's penal court number five ruled that Munoz and others convicted in the scandal must immediately start serving their sentences.

The five-day deadline starts from when Muñoz and the others receive their court orders. On Tuesday, it was not known whether Muñoz's lawyer had received the order.

In February, the judge handling the case ruled out suspending Muñoz's six-month sentence or replacing it with a fine.

The only options now left to Muñoz and the others are an appeal to the Provincial Court or an appeal to the Supreme Court for a pardon.

The convictions relate to when Muñoz was acting mayor for Marbella. He was found guilty of granting a licence for Banana Beach in a "flagrantly arbitrary" way, completely neglecting his planning duty.

Muñozhas already been sentenced twice for planning crimes, once for the same Banana Beach development, and on another occasion for having granted a building licence to Promocion de Edificaciones Industriales SA (Proinsa) to build 150 homes, garages and commercial premises on land next to the Palacio Polivalente de Marbella.

Muñoz is now the subject of around 100 criminal investigations opened by the courts in Malaga, as well as in other courts, for abusing his public position. Many of the charges carry potential sentences of between 18 months to two years.

Earlier this month, the Spanish government took the unprecedented step of suspending Marbella's city council over the corruption scandal at the heart of the local authority. Investigations are continuing into numerous former councillors and businesspeople in Marbella.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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