The mayor of Vinuela has been banned from holding public office for 15 years after being found guilty of issuing illegal building licenses.

Socialist Juan Millan was also ordered to pay a 13,500 euro fine for his real estate crimes.

The court ruled that he granted licenses on unsuitable land without waiting for technical or judicial reports to be completed.

“Everyone knows what was going on with regards to the building projects.”

It concluded that “there was a total and absolute absence of the essential paperwork or procedure” in the Pago Guerro area.

Millan had previously maintained that he acted correct at all times, choosing to blame the Junta for its “silence” and lack of guidance.

“I issued the licenses because I know La Vinuela like the palm of my hand,” Millan had explained.

“Everyone knows what was going on with regard to the building projects.”

The court investigated three cases of illegal licenses, two granted in 2001 and one in 2003.

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