Mayor convicted of sex abuse refuses to resign
27 January 2004, CORUNA - The mayor of a town council who was convicted of abusing a child refused to resign Tuesday.
27 January 2004
CORUNA - The mayor of a town council who was convicted of abusing a child refused to resign Tuesday.
Jesus Ares, mayor of Toques, near Coruna in Galicia, instead pledged to "give his blood" for the town.
In a session of the council, the only socialist representative Cruz Bandez, has supported the major, declaring: the mayor goes on.
But other councillors have demanded the resignation of the mayor.
Ares, who has been suspended by the conservative Popular Party of Galicia of which he is a member, decided to stay on as mayor until the provincial court has decided what sentence he must face.
The 71-year-old mayor, who was convicted last week for sexually abusing a girl who was the daughter of one of his friends, made his announcements during a tense session marked by the divisions between supporters and those against him.
Some supporters of the mayor assaulted the television cameramen covering the meeting and threw them out.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news