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Former Ronda mayor destroys documents to save his skin
• Documents were erased on the holy day to cover up fraud
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By Eloise Horsfield
A FORMER Ronda mayor ‘went to his town hall on a Sunday and erased documents’ that would incriminate him, according to new allegations in the Acinipo corruption case.
Antonio Marin Lara – who was arrested a year ago – allegedly destroyed a series of documents, when he knew he was being investigated in June 2010 for corruption and fraud.
Police evidence claims he went into the town hall on a Sunday morning when he knew there would be nobody there, colluding with his advisor Francisco Marquez.
Marin Lara stands accused of a large number of planning offences in Ronda.
Among leads being investigated are the €100,000 in cash that he banked over eight months – which suspiciously coincided with the initial approval of the controversial Los Merinos golf development in 2006.
Other allegations are that the former mayor was given a BMW to drive by the golf course developers.
It is also alleged that he arranged for the site of a major shopping centre to be valued at just €1.8 million so that the Junta would not have to be consulted in the planning process.
It was later valued at ten times the price.
Investigators are also looking at the involvement of Jerez’s former mayor in a planned development near the hospital, as well as Malaga bullfighter Javier Conde’s alleged links to a scheme known as the Hoya del Tajo in Ronda’s famous gorge.
The new evidence comes as a summary of the Acinipo case was made public.
In total the courts are sifting through 2,000 folders of evidence.
Marin Lara maintains he is innocent.
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