A FORMER mayor has become the third in the Axarquia to be jailed for property fraud.
Ex-Competa leader Leovigildo Lopez, 72, will join the former mayors of Alcaucin and Vinuela after being handed two years in prison, for approving the licence for an unlicensed warehouse on protected land
The judge described Lopez, mayor of Competa for 16 years, as a ‘repeat offender’ having been regularly fined and given suspended sentences for breaching property regulations throughout his political career.
He joins ex-mayor of Vinuela Juan Millan and Jose Alba, ex leader of Alcaucín, in Alhaurin prison.
Expat-run campaign group SOHA (Save our homes Axarquia) described the sentence as a ‘further step in the right direction’ towards clearing up the region’s appalling property mess.
“This latest sentencing demonstrates a change in attitude to breaches of property law,” a SOHA spokesman told the Olive Press.
“It should serve as a warning to all other ex-mayors that no matter how old their crimes are, they can still be held accountable.”