Juan Martín Serón, on Wednesday with PP councillors.
After 13 years as mayor of Alhaurín el Grande Juan Martín Serón will hand over to his second-in-command next week to serve the 12-month suspension imposed in the Troya corruption case.
He has also withdrawn his membership of the Partido Popular.
Serón, who was convicted of passive bribery by the provincial court in 2012, has left the door open for his return.
“Personally I am exhausted,” he told the press on Wednesday. “I don’t know what I’ll do in a year’s time but I have every right to come back, both from a legal and moral point of view.”
The mayor was arrested in 2007 as part of the Troya corruption investigation in which he and the Planning councillor, Gregorio Guerra, were accused of demanding 122,000 euros from a builder in exchange for planning permission.
He appealed the conviction to the Supreme Court, which has upheld the verdict and the one-year suspension this week.
Serón still protests his innocence and described the sentence as “totally unfair “.
“I didn’t know that in Spain you can be convicted without evidence or on evidence set-up artificially, he said.
He also pointed out what he considers an “at least unethical” coincidence: the Supreme Court is now presided over by Cándido Conde-Pumpido, who was the State Attorney General under the Socialist government at the time of his arrest.
While Martín Serón serves his suspension he will be replaced by Antonia Ledesma Sánchez, until now the first deputy mayor and the leader of the PP in Alhaurín el Grande.