Friday, 30 September 2011

Ronda PSOE councillors resign; investigation continues

Marín announcing Eroski deal in Feb 2010
RONDA (Agencies) The four PSOE Councillors who were arrested and then released on bail in an ongoing anti-corruption investigation have resigned their seats on the Council. One of them, Francisco Cañestro, has also resigned as a provincial Deputy. They all resigned, too, from their party, although the PSOE had previously 'separated' them as a cautionary measure. The ex-mayor, Antonio María Marín Lara, must come up with bail of €150,000 in 15 days or return to prison. He made the announcement, saying that he was taking this step "in responsibility" because it is "the best way to face the judicial process with all necessary guarantees", adding that it follows the "rigurous ethical process of his party." Among other, several, items, the National Police anti-Corruption squad is looking into a shopping complex for Eroski -through a local building company- on land that housed the old municipal football pitch and feria grounds. Another deal being investigated is that of the Los Merinos development, which includes 800 luxury villas, golf courses and hotels. Yet another involves supposedly illegal buildings on a protected area known as La Hoya del Tajo.

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