By Jennifer Leighfield • 16 November 2020 • 9:49
A MAN convicted of bank robbery is the candidate to represent political party Podemos in Madrid.
Jose Luis Nieto, who is also a former advisor to Manuela Carmena, who was mayor of Madrid until last year, was sentenced by the National High Court to five years and three months in prison for the violent robbery of a bank in Ourense in 1980, when he was 23 years old.
At the, El Mundo reports, he was a teacher in Vigo and a member of the violent separatist group Loita Armada Revolucionaria.
Despite the sentence, delivered in 1982, he did not serve it in its entirety as her received a pardon from the socialist government of the time.
Nieto was an advisor in two districts of Madrid with the former mayor. Podemos has no representation in the city because of a split with Carmena, and Nieto says that he wants to become their figurehead there to bring the party leader, Pablo Iglesias, and the Madrid regional coordinator, Jesus Santos, closer together.
Nieto will compete against the regional deputy Jacinto Morano, to take the position. The choice will be made within the coming month by the 1,966 militants in the capital.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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