July 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm #55743
Seprona, a division of the Guardia Civil raided the Town Hall of Villanueva de la Concepción today. They Mayor and others have been arrested. Usual stuff, building licence irregularities, bribery etc. Not sure why they bother, nothing ever happens to most of them. Suppose some more British in that area will be waking up to find some Judge is asking for their house to be demolished 🙄
July 10, 2010 at 8:39 am #99572
‘……also arrested, the ex Mayor José Antonio Conejo, an architect who works in the Town Hall, Gabriel Liévana, and an administrative law professor from Málaga University who has advised the Villanueval Town Hall, Juan Francisco Hurtado….’
July 11, 2010 at 9:48 am #99588
300 residents demonstrated outside the Town hall yesterday to demand the release of the Mayor. Seems to have been initiated by his friends and family. Judging by the photo they appear to have brought everyone from the pensioners club 🙄 Similar demo happened in support of GIL in marbella.
Don’t know why they are worrying he will be out next week!
July 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm #99592
Exactly the same scenario was played out in Alhendín a couple of years ago when 400 villagers came out in support of their ex Partido Popular Mayor of the town, José Guerrero, also arrested for blatant planning crimes. These villagers probably paid loads over the years for the little ol’ nod&wink. Wonder what happened to him in the end.
Amazing how ‘loyalty’ comes to the fore when there are favours/money involved. The villagers’ demonstrations of support would be quite touching if it didn’t represent self-interest.
July 12, 2010 at 7:12 am #99602
The problem is apart from cash reaching the corrupt officials’ pockets, it also reaches the kitty of the townhalls and so “some” stuff get done. Townspeople get excited when after many years of nothing getting done, something gets done! In the end the conclude that the person in power is God’s gift to politics!
July 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm #99618
I’ve lived in and run businesses in Spain for many years, but, like most expats, I still don’t fully understand the power wielded by Mayors in towns and cities. We don’t have such a system back in the UK.
Spanish people have elected those mayors to conduct most of their dealings with regional or national bodies, and still employ Gestors too, we don’t have them in the UK either.
I’ve sat in a mayor’s office, albeit accompanied by my Spanish business partner, and have listened in absolute awe while this one, elected official made just a few telephone calls to set something in motion that would have needed parliamentary approval back in the UK and would have taken years.
Of course the service wasn’t free; it wouldn’t have been free back in the UK either. And did the local people who voted in this official benefit from his powers? Of course they did, the difficult question being, basically, the difference between a gift, a commission and a bribe.
I’m not enough of a lawyer to answer the question, perhaps I’m not even moral enough to give it much thought; and, proportionally, I paid just as much in ‘extras’ back in the UK to facilitate my business plans.
I must admit the Spanish newspapers are full on a daily basis of more and more corruption cases.
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