Former Ronda mayor released on bail

LAST UPDATED: 3 Apr, 2012 @ 12:04
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Former Ronda mayor released on bail

FORMER Ronda mayor, Antonio Marín Lara, has been released on bail and given 15 days to pay up 150,000 euros.

‘Toti’, who was arrested on Tuesday with six other people in the latest municipal corruption case ‘Operation Acinipo’, was freed on Thursday after questioning by the judge.

The group – which also includes the secretary of the PSOE party Francisco Canestro and two former councillors Maria Jose Martin de Haro and Rafael Lara – have racked up a lengthy charge sheet between them including perversion of the course of justice, bribery, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds and influence peddling.

The other six suspects have also now been released with their bail due to be set today.

Meanwhile, two more people are being questioned at courts in Madrid and Valencia and face similar charges.

All charges are linked to urban planning discrepancies including the passing of controversial golf development Los Merinos two years ago.

The double golf course scheme with 800 houses and three luxury hotels was given permission by the town hall despite it being sited inside a Unesco-protected zone and failing to get a permit for water.

The investigation continues.

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  1. A small-town mayor such as Lara could not have had the sole power to pass these plans without a nod from the Junta. Lets hope these bigger fish also get caught, or will Lara spend just a few months in prison until it appears that ‘justice has been done’ and then gets released to avoid such embarrassing complications?

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