Judge José Godino.
The long story that began in March 2006 with the ‘Malaya’ operation will come to an end on Friday, October 4th when the judge will read out the long sentence in front of 86 defendants.
It has taken the tribunal, presided over by Judge José Godino, more than a year to deliberate over their verdict after the massive trial with nearly 200 court sessions.
Their sentence fills 4,000 sheets of paper although nextFriday they will only read the part that contains the convictions or acquittals and the rest will be given to the defendants in digital format.
The trial began on September 27th 2010 and ended on July 30th 2013. At the centre of the story is Juan Antonio Roca, the former planning consultant at Marbella town hall who is accused of being the ringleader of a web of corruption that diminished the municipal coffers.
Some 94 defendants were questioned as well as 400 others including witnesses and experts. After the trial charges were dropped against nine of the accused.
Of the remaining defendants waiting for sentencing, two are in prison: Juan AntonioRoca, who is serving a six year sentence for a previous case ‘Saqueo’; and former Marbella mayor Julián Muñoz, who was sentenced to seven years in the ‘Pantoja’ case.
At the end of the Malaya trial the public prosecution called for Roca to be given a 30-year prison sentence and a fine of 810 million euros. They demanded 21 years for former deputy mayor Pedro Román, 16 years for former mayor Marisol Yagüe, 12 years for ex-deputy Isabel García Marcos and 10 years for Muñoz.