Benamocarra mayor faces nine months in prison

THE Public Prosecution in Malaga is asking for nine months in prison and a ban from running for public office for the mayor of Benamocarra, Abdeslam Lucena. He is charged with disobeying the authorities for failing to remove billboards in which the Junta de Andalucia Provincial Delegate for Education, Jose Nieto, and the head master of a local high school, Manuel Ruiz Cazorla, were slandered.

According to the accusation, in July 2008, Lucena ordered that the billboards be placed outside the local high school claiming that the headmaster was given the position through favouritism.

The prosecutor believes that this was done with malice, as the headmaster was at the time a spokesperson for the local PSOE, in the opposition. He also made similar statements at a press conference and in a magazine produced by the town hall, leading to a case at a court in Velez Malaga in which it was ordered that the billboards be taken down within 15 days. This was in January 2009, but the billboards remained in place until June.

If found guilty, Lucena could face a fine of €6 per day for 12 months, as well as paying compensation of €6,000 to both men for moral damages.



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