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Sean Connery threatened with arrest over Marbella property case

PUBLISHED: May 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm  •  LAST EDITED: May 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm
Andalucia, Lead, Malaga  •  17 Comments

Sean Connery threatened with arrest over Marbella property case

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Sean Connery has been ordered to answer questions about a Spanish property deal or face possible arrest.

The 82-year-old Scotsman and his wife, Micheline Roquebrune, have been given six months to cooperate with investigations into the sale of a villa in Marbella.

A probe was launched when the property, Casa Malibu, was sold by the couple in 1999 and later turned into 72 apartments.

However, prosecutors claim planning regulations only allowed a maximum of five apartments to be built on the site.

Connery and his wife cited old-age and poor health as reasons for failing to appear at a 2010 hearing, agreeing instead to answer a list of questions in writing.

Three years later the judge, who is still waiting for a response from the James Bond star, has now issued a six-month deadline.

Over 15 people, including former Marbella mayor Julian Munoz and ex-planning chief Juan Antonio Roca, face being tried in connection with the property.

Crimes being investigated in the case include money-laundering, planning violations and tax evasion.

Both Munoz and Roca are currently in jail on corruption charges.

The actor’s wife has previously denied any wrong-doing.

“These allegations of money-laundering are nonsense,” said Roquebrune.

“ We have nothing to do with this. We sold the property and that is it,” she added.

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Robert Miller

May 21st, 2013 7:30 am

Another case of Spanish Govt trying to raise money for themselfs .They where happy to let everyone do what they liked back in the good old days ,turned a blind eye to this sort of thing ie {bluilding Regulations} .and banks lending money to every tom dick and harry for every and anything ..all the people in Govt sat back happy .now it all goes south its Oh you did not follow the rules ….There were no rules ..thats the way yous made it ..Spanish Govt should all be in jail themselfs .there the biggest criminals

Maria Jones

May 21st, 2013 11:04 am

Dear Moderator

Please remove my comment IMMEDIATELY submitted under “Readers Comments” relating to your piece on Sean Connery …

Thank you



May 21st, 2013 11:36 am

lol, poor Maria.


May 21st, 2013 2:15 pm

Yes Fred, it’s almost as if Mrs. Reality had decided to join in.

Robert Miller

May 21st, 2013 4:01 pm

I kinda sense there is fear here to speak up .well thats why you get pushed around ..fear of man is no good .


May 21st, 2013 6:59 pm

Well said Mr Parker.


May 21st, 2013 7:24 pm

By reading the Olivepress on and off for a few years, I notice i get a bit depressed by all the bad news from Spain. At least 95% is negative.Arent there any good things happening here that deserves attention?

Maria Jones

May 21st, 2013 7:38 pm

Hi Robert

Fear of offending those who do not agree with my views is not an issue.

But submitting comments that may have even a tenuous connect to defamation or self incrimination is not smart.

Fearless. Yes Stupid. No
But your coded message of encouragement is much appreciated.

Love Maria


May 21st, 2013 8:33 pm


Your statements:

“submitting comments that may have even a tenuous connect to defamation or self incrimination is not smart.”


“Stupid. No”

are contradictory lol.


May 21st, 2013 10:35 pm

I’m losing the thread. Who’s Mr. Parker Tom?


May 21st, 2013 10:38 pm

“By reading the Olivepress on and off for a few years, I notice i get a bit depressed by all the bad news from Spain”

Don’t read it then lol.


May 22nd, 2013 10:56 pm

Some times you read things like you shouldnt, Like your stupid comments lol.


May 22nd, 2013 11:25 pm

Helge: Yeah, there are some good things in Spain. Punch and Judy in the Olive Press for one.


May 22nd, 2013 11:29 pm

@Helge, I don’t create the news. Btw, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery lol.

Stuart Crawford

May 23rd, 2013 11:52 am

stefanjo – excellent comment – short, sharp and to the point beautifully.


May 29th, 2013 3:28 pm

This story is now over a week old. Anything current on it?


June 1st, 2013 5:53 pm

The Spanish system is reaping what it sowed.

I don’t blame Connery for dragging his feet – the Spanish should be happy to play the game as they’ve done the same with all the “illegal” properties that so many town halls gave licences to a few years back.

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