Inside the Malaya courtroom on Friday morning. SUR
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The former planning consultant at Marbella Town Hall considered to be the ring leader of the web of corruption uncovered in the Malaya investigation, Juan Antonio Roca, has been sentenced this Friday to 11 years in prison and given a fine of 240 million euros. He has been convicted of continued money laundering as head of a criminal organisation, corrupt practice, fraud and bribery.
Roca's sentence falls short of the 30 years that the public prosecutor had recommended. He is already serving a prison sentence for the 'Saqueo' case, also involving the looting of Marbella Town Hall.
The verdict was delivered by Judge José Godino at the Malaga provincial court, seven years after the first arrests in the municipal corruption case that led to the dissolution of Marbella town council, and three years after the 'macro' trial (with more than 90 defendants) got under way.
Former mayor Marisol Yagüe has been given six years in prison for embezzlement, corrupt practice, fraud, passive bribery and altering the price of tenders. The prosecution had called for her to be given 16 years. Yagüe was mayor of Marbella between 2003 and 2006.
Former deputy mayor Isabel García Marcos has been sentenced to four years in prison for passive bribery and altering the price of tenders. The prosecution had called for 12 years for García Marcos, who once had been the main opposition for the late Jesús Gil when he was mayor she was a councillor for the PSOE. She was thrown out of the socialist party when she supported the vote of no confidence that ousted Gil's successor Julián Muñoz in 2003.
Another former deputy mayor, this time under Jesús Gil, Pedro Román, has been given a four-year sentence for money laundering and tax fraud.
Julián Muñoz himself has been given a two-year sentence and a 16-year ban on holding public office for fraud and corrupt practice. muñoz is currently serving a jail sentence for another corruption case involving money laundering. The Malaya prosecutors had called for him to be given ten years.
Among thedefendants were a number of town hall workers, the majority of whom have been acquitted.
The other group of accused was made up by 32 business owners from the construction industry. The majority of them have been acquitted however Granada businessman José Ávila Rojas, responsible for building many of the iconic illegal buildings from the GIL era, has been given three years and 11 months for bribery and money laundering.
Cordoba-based builder Rafael Gómez, known as 'Sandokán', has been given a six-month sentence.
Juan Antonio Roca's wife and daughter have been acquitted while his brother-in-law, Antonio Jimeno, has been given three years and three months in prison for money laundering.