Sean Connery summoned to court in Marbella corruption trial

The Malibu development near Puerto Banús, built on Connery's former property

The Malibu development near Puerto Banús, built on Connery's former property

Former Bond star Sean Connery, 79, his French wife Micheline Roquebrune, and several others including lawyers said to have represented Connery in Spain are to be questioned in an investigation into corruption and money laundering in Marbella, reports the Spanish press.

Connery, who used to own a luxury beach-front villa near Puerto Banus in Marbella called ‘Casa Malibu’, has been dragged into the ‘Malaya’ corruption scandal that has rocked Marbella since 2007. In what the Spanish police are calling ‘Operation Gold finger’ Connery is due to appear in court in Marbella at the end of the month to answer questions relating to the sale of Casa Malibu in the late 90s.

The anti-corruption magistrate is reported to be looking into town planning irregularities and possible money laundering following the sale of Casa Malibu. After the sale 70 homes were built on the property, and the town hall may have lost out on 2.7 million Euros in taxes, according to press reports.

Connery sold his property when he became disenchanted with the way Marbella was being developed by the then Mayor Jesus Gil’s corrupt municipal administration. For Connery, who bought in the 70s, Marbella had lost its charm.

It seems that even A-list celebs like Connery can’t escape the mess created by property corruption scandals in Spain.

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