A STAGGERING 100 candidates standing for mayor in the forthcoming May elections are currently being investigated by the courts.
Over a quarter of those being investigated are in Andalucia, with 11 from the PSOE and nine from the PP.
The crimes range from bribery and corruption to planning irregularities.
Overall in Spain, more than 50 per cent of those being investigated are from the PP party with 35 per cent working for the PSOE.
Only time will tell if the electorate will punish corruption with their votes.
A few local examples include:
ALHAURIN EL GRANDE
The current PP mayor Juan Martin Seron and his planning boss Gregorio Guerra are on trial for corruption in November, while PSOE candidate Cristobal Bonilla is also facing one-year in prison and a two-year ban from public office for illegally building a house and swimming pool.
The current IU mayor of Manilva, Antonia Munoz is charged with crimes against Public Administration with 108 counts of illegally favouring friends and relatives when recruiting staff.
PP Councillor Ana Mula, the minister of Town Planning, has been accused of forgery by the PSOE party for altering plans allowing a road to be built in the La Loma area in September 2010.
Mayoral candidate Rafael Gomez Sandokan is being investigated for his involvement in Marbella’s Malaya trial. This has not stopped him from setting up his own party to fight the elections.
PSOE candidate Francisco Cuenca is charged with bribary in a vote buying case.