THE ex-mayor of an Almeria town has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and nine years suspension of public service for familial favouritism.
Federico Molina, former socialist mayor of Partaloa, was charged with granting permission to build nine houses on land not available for building to one of his relatives, who works as a promoter.
The judge presiding has decided not to order the demolition of the houses, citing that the area on which they are built is no longer protected, and that the current owners of the houses, who are foreign, acquired them under good faith.
This bloke has been stitched up by the unworkable property laws created by his own political party, the PSOE led Junta de Andalucia! I can’t see why these houses should never have been built, they are on scrub which is not protected land and after all, what else were they going to do with it?
The change to the Penal Code seems to be working. No doubt these houses would have received demolition orders before the law change but now it would be prohibitively expensive.
The next step is for the Junta de Andalucia to get off their backsides, create some workable and enforceable property laws, stop saying “no” to everything and legalise all the houses that have already been built.