Roldan, Spain's high-profile fraudster, stays in jail
13 January 2005 , MADRID-A court has stopped the man at the centre of one of Spain's most high-profile corruption cases from walking free from prison.
13 January 2005
MADRID-A court has stopped the man at the centre of one of Spain's most high-profile corruption cases from walking free from prison.
The ex-director of the Guardia Civil, Roldan, used his job to pay bribes and defraud the state of EUR 60,000 each month.
Roldan fled Spain after the corruption scandal broke in 1994, with allegations he was involved in pocketing secret funds earmarked for Spain's 'dirty war' against ETA in the 1980s in which 27 people were murdered by Spain's security forces.
Roldan's easy escape forced the resignation of the then Interior Minister.
Eventually captured after hiding in Laos, he claimed he took cash on the orders of government officials to fund the Socialist party.
In 1998, he was jailed for 31 years for embezzlement, fraud and tax evasion and fined EUR 13.09 million.
His prison sentence was originally cut to 20 years.
So far he has paid off just a fraction of the missing money and has enjoyed an easy regime in prison.
But the Audiencia Provincial ruled that Roldan cannot be reduced to a third grade prisoner, which would have allowed him to leave jail.
The court said Roldan had still not explained where the missing cash had gone to.
Roldan had left the jail on day-release with the permission of the court.
Roldan has only returned EUR 1.52m of the EUR 3.4m which he has been ordered to return.
He was also fined EUR 5m for five offences of tax fraud.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news