Greatest corruption trial opens

Published on 28 September 2010 at 10:31

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“Corruption catwalk”, leads El Mundo one day after the biggest corruption case in the history of Spain opened. 95 defendants in the so-called "Malaya case" paraded down to the court of the southern city of Málaga, among them two former mayors and 15 councillors of Marbella’s town council. The accused allegedly ran the jetset resort on a cash-for-votes basis, pulling in €670m in bribes and pilfering municipal funds over a three year period. At the centre of the trial is council employee Juan Antonio Roca, known as Marbella's “Mr Big”. According to court documents, Roca received over €30m in bribes from building developers responsible for concreting over the once pleasant resort. The trial could drag on for over a year, while the accused face sentences from ten to up to thirty-five years.

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