Granada mayors in corruption probes

LAST UPDATED: 23 Nov, 2007 @ 16:10
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THE public prosecutor has opened investigations into the dealings of three mayors from around the Granada province.

In perhaps the highest profile probe, Almuñecar council leader Juan Carlos Benavides has been accused of urban corruption in relation to the construction of a sports pavilion in the town.

According to the public prosecutor, the installation was built upon green belt land in La Herradura in 2006.

Benavides – who is facing calls for his suspension while the investigation is underway – refused to comment on the accusation.
Meanwhile in the town of Zafarraya, both the current and former mayors have been accused of corruption.

As reported in the Olive Press, both José Miguel Muñoz and Salvador Zamora are claimed to have given the green light to Puerto de Zafarraya SL, a company co-owned by Zamora, to build on protected land.

Hundreds of pine trees were also felled to make way for the supposedly illegal complex.

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