'No tolerance' on civic graft but law change ruled out

20th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2006, MADRID — The government says it will maintain 'zero tolerance' towards civic corruption connected with the property industry.

20 October 2006

MADRID — The government says it will maintain 'zero tolerance' towards civic corruption connected with the property industry.

But deputy prime minister María Teresa Fernández de Vega said on Friday Madrid would not change the laws despite a string of high profile cases of civil graft connected with property developers.

The Spanish daily El Pais has reported a series of cases involving mayors or former mayors who have been involved in alleged corruption.

In one case, two former socialist mayor of Ciempozuelos, a town near Madrid, allegedly embezzled EUR 1 billion and sent the cash to an account in Andorra.

In another case, a Popular Party councillor of Tres Cantos, also near the capital, was investigated for a corruption scandal. 

De la Vega called the cases "repugnant".

"When these cases involve public servants, nothing is worse," she said.

De la Vega said it had changed existing property legislation, created a special attorney general to project the environment and launched a civil guard new unit dedicated to combating corruption involving public servants and property dealers. 

It also dissolved the city council in Marbella after 15 members of the authority, including the head of housing and the mayor, were arrested for a multi-million graft scandal in March.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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