Family first: Probe over contract scandal in Axarquia

VELEZ-MALAGA’S mayor has been summoned to testify in court over alleged irregularities in employing a council worker.

Antonio Moreno Ferrer is being investigated for alleged crimes against a public body after it was alleged the former head of the municipal housing company Emvipsa created a job for his own son as a health and safety worker.

The investigation began after a spokesman for the Partido Popular (PP), Francisco Delgado Bonilla, claimed the son of the company’s former manager, Jose Luis Sanchez Tore, was employed, “without procedure, to the point that he was first hired and then afterwards the technician role was created.”

The PP allege the job was a ‘prize’ after Sanchez Tore helped broker a deal between political parties PSOE and Grupo Independiente Pro Municipio de Torre del Mar (GIPMTM), allowing Antonio Moreno Ferrer to become mayor.

The actual hiring took place while Ferrer was still president of Emvipsa. The PP claimed the hiring was “an arbitrary decision,” and twice wrote to Emvipsa asking for the contract to be voided.

According to Francisco Delgado Bonilla, the decision was made, “without any selection procedure, violating the principles of equality, merit and capacity.

To create an indefinite contract it is vital to carry out a selection process and this has not been done.”

For their part, opposition party IU (Izquierda Unida) said the contract should have been rescinded but that it was now “too late.” The town hall declined to comment when contacted by the Euro Weekly News, but Señor Ferrer is expected to release a statement shortly.

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