Ex-judge gets nine years for corruption scandal
3 January 2005, BARCELONA-A former judge has been jailed for nine years in Spain's worst judicial corruption scandal.
3 January 2005
BARCELONA-A former judge has been jailed for nine years in Spain's worst judicial corruption scandal.
Lluis Pascual Estevill was sent to prison for bribery, perversion of the course of justice and illegal imprisonment committed when he was a judge in Barcelona and Terrassa, a nearby city in Catalonia, north-east Spain.
A lawyer, Juan Pique Vidal, who worked with Estevill to extort cash from companies was also jailed for seven years.
The 'Estevill case' as it has come to be known in Spain, happened between 1990 and 1994 and is the worse case of judicial corruption.
The judge threatened a series of businessmen and bankers into paying him cash otherwise he said would bring trumped-up charges against them.
Estevill brought unjust legal rulings against his victims while working with Vidal.
It is the third time Estevill has been convicted of offences relating to the same scandal.
In 1999, he was jailed for seven years for financial offences and also three years before he was banned from sitting as a judge for six years for perverting the course of justice.
His nine year jail-term follows a trial which ended in October.
Despite their advanced age, both defendants are likely to serve their sentences.
Three others including Estevill's own son were also convicted in the scandal. They admitted corruption offences.
The included the jeweller Rogelio Roca Salamanca, the lawyer José Manuel Prades Sorli and Javier Pascual Franquesa, Estevill's son.
Franquesa was jailed for a year and fined EUR 9,720.
Sorli was jailed for a year and fined EUR 8,640. Roca Salamanca was jailed for six months and fined EUR 24,300.
Four others were jailed for years and fined EUR 1,800 each for making a false accusation.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news