4 Nov, 2014 @ 10:53
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Celebrity singer Isabel Pantoja to be sent to jail for money laundering

SPANISH celebrity singer Isabel Pantoja is to be sent to prison, after being sentenced for money laundering.

Sevilla-born Pantoja – the former lover of ex-Marbella mayor Julian Munoz – now has three days to appeal the two-year sentence.

Pantoja helped her former lover launder money, illicitly obtained from Marbella Town Hall during his time as mayor.

The Malaga court returned a unanimous verdict on Monday, recognizing her part in a political corruption as ‘one of the most devastating in democratic society’.

The court accepted the request by Pantoja’s lawyers to pay her €1.1 million fine – of which she has already paid €100,000 – in parts.

Munoz’s ex-wife Maite Zaldivar began a two-and-a-half year jail sentence last week, also found guilty of helping her ex-husband launder money.

Both women were aware of the illegality of the money, according to the court.

Munoz is currently serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for money-laundering and bribery.

Imogen Calderwood

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  1. It was sickening to see on Spanish TV people giving this woman money at her concert to help her pay her fine. It will be a real step in the right direction to see this woman jailed and prove that rich/famous/connected are free from prosecution

  2. @mark, you hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately that is exactly the attitude that drags Spain down. I remember reading about the imprisonment of a mayor and people queuing up at his house to contribute towards his bail money (not realising that he was bringing the whole village into disrepute). Corruption is seen as acceptable in Spain, and until they lose that attitude corruption will never be eradicated.

  3. The silly Spanish people are feeding the people that are stealing money from their pockets. I have lived here 10 years now since leaving the UK and this type of corruption scandal is an everyday thing. They seem to admire the thieving politicians and treat them like celebrities. I don’t care how rich and famous someone is if they commit a crime they should be punished like everyone else

  4. Pantoja now wants a “delay” before going to prison to allow her to finish her tour. What a joke the Spanish justice system is to even entertain such requests.

  5. Yes that truly is pathetic even by this countries standards, of course the delay is yet to be confirmed but I wouldn’t be surprised to see her get the delay. I wonder what would happen if I was in same position, rolls eyes
    I won’t ruin the surprise for you Fred but wait until you hear the name of her tour

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