Tentacles of Marbella corruption scandal spread

11th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

MALAGA — The man at the centre of Spain's biggest civic corruption scandal allegedly admitted connections with developers across the costas.

 

MALAGA — The man at the centre of Spain's biggest civic corruption scandal allegedly admitted connections with developers across the costas.

Juan Antonio Roca said he had links to developers in Murcia, Estepona and several other southern Spanish towns, the Spanish daily El Pais reported on Monday.

Roca is the former head of urban planning in Marbella who allegedly paid bribes to council officials to illegally grant permission to build homes.

The developers in turn paid Roca cash to secure building licences.

The scandal, in which 25 council officials including the mayor and the head of local police have been involved, led to the dissolution of Marbella city council by the central government.

In a court appearance, Roca was also forced to admit his wealth extended far beyond two modest homes he owned.

Instead, he said he did co-own a Madrid mansion worth EUR 30 million and a stud farm, which are said to be the profits of the illegal trade.

Another developer allegedly involved in the web of corruption told the court he paid Roca EUR 6m for favourable treatment in connection with a building deal.

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