5-star embargo temporarily stopped

THE embargo on furnishings from a five-star Estepona hotel has been temporarily lifted. On Tuesday, a lorry arrived at Las Dunas Hotel to take away the items following a judicial order, but the former owner, Mohamed Reda Alaywan, and the insolvency administrators stopped it from leaving the premises.

Police were present to prevent altercations.

The Lebanese businessman returned to the hotel with a lawyer to indicate which of the items there belong to him.

The hotel, which closed more than a year ago due to reported financial problems, dismissed its staff once a redundancy agreement ended, and since then they have been fighting to get their jobs back.

They already prevented the furniture from being removed last year.

The hotel has been embargoed by Banco Pastor, and an Estepona court has ruled in favour of company Fundacion Iberoamericana, belonging to Antonio Garrido, for the embargo to go ahead.

However, union Comisiones Obreras, has argued that allowing the furniture to be removed would prevent Banco Pastor from readmitting the staff, and several companies have shown an interest in reopening what was once the most expensive hotel in Spain.

Several people have already been given back their jobs in cleaning and gardening.

Mohamed Reda Alaywan has a debt of approximately €1m with Fundacion Iberoamericana. Not only that, but some of the dismissed staff are owed as much as €10,000 each in unpaid wages.


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