By Wendy Williams
A PAIR of shady businessmen linked to the Russian mafia are behind the current scandal engulfing Casares Town Hall.
Police are now hunting for Robert Gaspar and Robert Mani, ringleaders of the ‘Kremlyoskaya’ gang, who allegedly bribed the former IU mayor and current housing boss Juan Sanchez Garcia.
The pair, who have ties to a web of at least 25 companies on the Costa del Sol, vanished following the arrest of Sanchez.
As reported in the Olive Press, police swooped on Casares Town Hall a fortnight ago to investigate irregularities in the Majestic property development.
It has since emerged that this is connected to an alleged network dedicated to money laundering.
Previous businesses with which the pair have been linked include Majestic TV, as well as the Mijas Hipodromo.
A total of 236 properties, 19 vehicles and 165 bank accounts are being probed as part of the so-called ‘Operacion Majestic’.
Police arrested two of Gaspar’s staff including South African Debray Patricia Muirhead and German Martina Maria Fritzsche.
Gaspar’s mother Ukranian Anne Chahbazian, 76, has also been taken into custody.
The case dates back to 2004 when the town hall allegedly approved contracts for the development.
Police believe Gaspar, a French national of Ukrainian origin is the mastermind behind the scandal.
His number two is Mani, the boss of the Carrera Entertainment Corporation, which previously invested in the Mijas Hipodromo.
As revealed by the Olive Press four years ago, in 2005 the company was caught up in a scandal involving concerts by Jamiroquai and Bryan Adams which never happened leaving thousands out of pocket.
Meanwhile, Sanchez, who denies the allegations, has now been released from Alhaurin prison after more than a hundred people contributed money to cover his €200,000 bail.