Franco family in legal row over dictator's castle

31st August 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 August 2007, MADRID - The family of Spain's late dictator Francisco Franco have refused to allow regional government inspectors to examine the state of his former summer castle, local authorities said Friday.

31 August 2007

MADRID - The family of Spain's late dictator Francisco Franco have refused to allow regional government inspectors to examine the state of his former summer castle, local authorities said Friday.

The historical Pazo de Meiras castle, built in 1893 in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, was given to the dictator -- who died in 1975 -- by his own regime in 1938.

It currently belongs to his daughter, Carmen Franco Polo, 80, but since 1991 it has been included on a list of Galicia's cultural heritage site, giving regional authorities the legal right to look after the property.

The government of Galicia now wants to classify the property as a "regional cultural asset", requiring the Franco family to grant minimum public access to the castle and its six hectares (15 acres) of land.

To help achieve this classification, the government sent an architect, an archeologist and an art historian to the property on Thursday to examine its condition, only to see the team denied entry.

The Galician government said it now would use legal means to force the Franco family to allow the inspection to take place, adding that Polo could be fined 60,000 euros (81,880 US dollars) for not complying.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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