La Cañada built on shaky legal foundations

MARBELLA’S most popular shopping centre, La Cañada, could have been built illegally.
The Prosecutor’s office of the Marbella anti-corruption court has denounced a possible case of corruption on the issuing of the construction licences of the city’s shopping centre La Cañada. The permit was granted in May of 1994 and is said to have cost at least €3.1 million, drawn from the Marbella municipal coffers.
In a document, the prosecutor explained that when Tomas Olivo, head of the construction company Emasa, signed a contract to take over the land, the work had not been put out to tender or and the council had failed to follow other legal procedures.
“The personal and commercial relations between ex-mayor Julian Muñoz, Mr Olivo and former Urbanism councillor Juan Antonio Roca, allowed them to commit illegal practices for around a decade and steal public money, together with deceased companions such as former mayor Jesus Gil,” said the text.
A total of 119,235 square metres were traded, bought or expropriated to build the shopping centre. Now the prosecutor is requesting to have the permit void and asking a total of 24 years in prison for Juan Antonio Roca, 18 years for Julian Muñoz and 18 years for Tomas Olivo, as well as millionaire compensations for each of them.

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