IN a shock revelation in the ongoing Malaya case a builder has confessed he paid Juan Antonio Roca three million euros for occupancy licences.
Fidel San Roman – who faces a nine year prison sentence and 48 million euro fine on charges of bribery and money laundering – ratified all of the payments, one by one, that the prosecutor argued he had made to Roca in exchange for occupancy licences on Marbella apartments.
He told the court that between February and December 2005 he paid the former town planning chief more than three million euros in seven payments of ‘white money’ taken out of the accounts of his various companies.
“When the homes were ready to be handed over to the buyers, the Town Hall told us that the money was needed, and if it wasn’t paid, things could not move forward,” explained the 72-year-old.
This directly contradicts Roca’s earlier claims that payments he received from Roman, as well as Aifos and Construcciones Salamanca, were not made for favours but for ‘advisory work’.
Roman however has now rejected this outright insisting his family business had never paid for advisors.
Moreover, the developer is claiming he was a victim of blackmail.
“Not paying would have been business suicide” he said, admitting he knew he was doing something bad, but that he did not have any other option.
The trial continues.