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Marbella-based 'Malaya' corruption and money-laundering trial lands 50 in jail
05 October 2013 @ 22:06

THE largest-ever corruption and money-laundering scandal in Spain's history has finally been tried in full and over 50 people sentenced – over seven years after it was uncovered.

Another 50 or so implicated in the Costa-del-Sol-based 'Malaya Case' have been acquitted.

Marbella town council was found in late 2006 to have been running under a 'corrupt régime' for several years under Juan Antonio Roca, councillor for planning and also mayor for part of the time, involving property developers paying substantial cash bribes – which were not declared to the tax authorities – in exchange for lucrative construction contracts.

As well as in and around Marbella itself, residential complexes affected included one in Los Alcázares (Murcia Region).

Roca is said to have been the leader of the property racket and responsible for ensuring the illegally-received cash 'commission' payments found their way into the public coffers and the pockets of civil servants.  

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com



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