Mayor jailed for allowing firm to cause racket

24th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2006, VALENCIA — A mayor was jailed on Friday for 18 months for allowing a company to cause noise pollution.

24 November 2006

VALENCIA — A mayor was jailed on Friday for 18 months for allowing a company to cause noise pollution.

Manuel Vilanova, mayor of Vila-Real near Valencia, was also banned from holding any public office for eight years for the offence.

Vilanova was convicted of deliberately ignoring the complaints of neighbours and allowing the company to cause noise pollution.

The Supreme Court also condemned the owners of the company Rocersa to two years in jail for breaking environmental laws.

In its ruling, it said the mayor "sided with a company against the interests of citizens, knowing that he was breaking the law".

The Supreme Court said a fine was not appropriate because of the seriousness of the mayor's conduct.

The ruling, thought to be the first of its kind in Spain, comes as the campaign against noise pollution has been gaining ground in recent years.

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Subject: Spanish news

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