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Héctor has a degree in Journalism from Malaga University and joined the SUR team in 1992. He is now Chief Reporter in Marbella.
Juan Antonio Roca has been released from prison just short of 12 years after he was put behind bars. The man who was behind the corrupt network that siphoned off millions of euros from Marbella town hall coffers over a number of years has been grante
Despite the considerable assets of Juan Antonio Roca that were seized as part of his convictions in order to pay back money defrauded from Marbella town hall, sources say that these will not be enough to clear the debt.
Roca was ordered to pay a to
Events in recent years have given us reason to agree with those who say that very few politicians are ever put behind bars. Twelve years ago however, when Juan Antonio Roca and a large number of Marbella councillors were sent to prison, the scene was
If anyone had the crazy idea of picking the best Spanish artist of all time, they would be stepping into a fascinating maze, but one with no way out. If they went in through the door marked painting they would get lost choosing between Murillo, Veláz
It's time we started, if we haven't done so already, to lose that dogmatic, irrational, almost religious belief that all our problems will magically be solved by the invisible hand of the markets. For years we trusted that the train would eventually
A former Marbella councillor, wanted in Spain on corruption charges, has spoken out in public for the first time about why he fled the country in 2006 and went into hiding.
Carlos Fernández, speaking from Argentina where he was finally found and a
Marbella council is hoping that the four restaurants who recently had their Michelin stars renewed, will help bring more tourists to the town. The first step will be at the Feria Internacional de Turismo de Madrid (Fitur) where the four establishment
Carlos Fernández, the former Marbella councillor wanted in Spain in connection with the Malaya corruption scandal and other charges, was told yesterday that a court in Argentina has allowed him to be extradited.
Fernández fled Spain in June 2006 a
Francisco Griñán tells us in this edition about a documentary that recovers the unknown epic story of the people of Malaga who, early last century, emigrated to Hawaii in search of sustenance from the sugar cane plantations.
'Hawái o miseria' is th
An unfinished building near the Hospital Costa del Sol alongside the A-7, east of central Marbella, could be home to a new court complex. The town currently has its court operations spread across three separate buildings and urgently needs a new base
The first round clash of next year's Davis Cup World Group between Spain and Great Britain will be played on Marbella's Golden Mile, it was announced on Thursday. The resort beat off local competition from the city of Granada to stage the event.
Following their traumatic qualification campaign in which their participation in the World Cup hung in the balance right until the last moment, Lionel Messi and his teammates will be looking for some tranquility in the build-up to the main event this
Marbella wants the central court at the Puente Romano tennis club to be the venue for the Davis Cup clash between Spain and the United Kingdom next year. As part of its application to host the event, the council says it would expand the seating aroun
La Zagaleta, the famous private luxury estate company, has finally closed the deal to sell the Valderrama golf club near Sotogrande to the club's own members.
The 28-million-euro sale of one of Europe's most prestigious golf courses marks the end o
An Anglo-German middle-aged couple and their adult daughter had to be rescued from atop La Concha mountain on Tuesday after becoming disorientated by incoming fog.
The three people got lost at around 2.30pm and immediately got in contact with the 1
Measuring 87 metres in length, with a support vessel which carries a helicopter, room for just 12 passengers and a spa in the interior which those who have had the chance to enjoy it say it is the best they have ever seen, the 'ACE' is definitely one
What many thought was a crocodile in the artifical lake in Marbella's La Represa park was identified as an alligator gar, a fish native to North America.
The fish, which measures almost a metre in length and is thought to have lived off the park's
Chilean investment group, Osim, got a series of projects on the Costa del Sol under way on Friday with the launch of the Alcazaba Lagoon residential complex in Casares.
The 400-property development involves a 200-million-euro investment on the part
A Marbella court has ordered Banco Popular to pay two British couples the sums they paid upfront for an apartment built on a development that turned out to be illegal.
The claimants paid a total of 103,000 euros in 2004 as the deposits on an apartm
Two weeks after Carlos Fernández was remanded in custody in the province of San Juan, Argentina, it is still not known exactly how his arrest was made and what kind of police operation led to his capture.
According to his defence lawyer and brother
More than ten years after the Malaya corruption scandal broke out in Marbella, the last fugitive Carlos Fernández has been located and arrested in Argentina.
The former councillor was detained in the early hours of last Friday at his home in Rivada
The council is taking action to ensure that the owners of more than 2,300 homes in 14 different areas of the town can apply for permission to carry out improvements or extend their properties. These are located on land that was zoned for building und
It seems unstoppable. Malaga and Marbella now officially have more beds available in privately-rented tourist apartments than in hotels. In a city like Malaga with its recent tourism explosion focused on urban and cultural visits, the figures might s
Ángeles Muñoz, who returned to power in Marbella this week after a vote of no confidence in the former Socialist mayor, José Bernal, has said that there are certain areas of local government that she wants to be responsible for herself.
Ángeles Muñoz is back as mayor of Marbella. The local president of the Partido Popular (PP) has regained the post she occupied for two consecutive legislative terms (2007-2011 and 2011-2015) after the success on Tuesday of the no confidence motion pr
It came as a surprise to everyone late last week after a meeting of party faithful in San Pedro. The San Pedro party (Opción Sampedreña - OSP) has voted to withdraw its support for the three-party coalition led by Socialist PSOE mayor José Bernal tha
It became a symbol of the massive corruption that swept through Marbella in the first ten years of the century.
The eight-bedroom villa called 'Mi Gitana' (my gypsy) was in the national spotlight when news reached the world of the scale of the 'Op
Starlite, the annual international music festival that has been running in Marbella for six summers, is threatening to pull out of the resort next year.
The move comes amid increasing tension between event organisers and Marbella council over closi
The three-party coalition that controls Marbella town hall has managed to survive - just.
By a slim margin of four votes, members of the governing body of Opción Sampedreña (OSP), the San Pedro separatist party and coalition partner, voted not to w
The position of José Bernal as PSOEmayor of Marbella looked to be in doubt this week as three councillors in his ruling coalition mulled over an offer from the opposition PP party to swap sides.
The three councillors from Opción Sampedreña (OSP), w
The figures add up. Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo, who was a speaker at Malaga University's summer course in Marbella this week, told the audience of Spanish students that the economy of the Rock will continue to grow after Britain leave
Work is expected to start next February on a new public health centre in San Pedro and is expected to be completed in under two years.
The Junta and Marbella council have finally agreed that the former will fund the building on land belonging to th
The palatial home of a convicted arms dealer has been seized on the orders of a New York judge.
Monzer Al-Kassar used to live in the villa near Marbella, which was not directly in his name, until 2007 when he was arrested in Spain on a US police wa
The annual San Bernabé 'feria' is in full swing this weekend in the centre of Marbella and the showground on the outskirts of the resort. However this year the good-natured revelry is being closely monitored by temporary CCTV cameras for the first ti
In the 1980s Adnan Khashoggi was considered the king of the Marbella jet set and the lavish parties he threw at his residence in Benahavís and on board his megayacht 'Nabila' were legendary, but his departure from the town bore none of the glamour of
The town hall in Marbella has sealed off a former 'chiringuito' beach bar on the promenade in the centre of the resort that was about to be reopened as the first Spanish branch of a top London nightspot.
Mahiki Beach is based on the popular celebri
Two French citizens have been arrested for attempting to steal from an elderly German couple at a cashpoint on Avenida Ricardo Soriano, after an anonymous witness notified Local Police. The men, aged 22 and 28, were then detained after police found 3
The news broke in June 2008 when police arrested then-mayor of Estepona, Antonio Barrientos of the PSOE party, other councillors and council workers after a tip off from two other Socialist councillors in November 2006.
Since 2006 a judge has been
Former councillors and officials at Marbella town hall have been appearing before an investigating judge this week to explain their role in the approval of the town's master plan (PGOU) in 2009. Public prosecutors have complained that 22 last-minute
National Police officers have arrested four Romanians who were selling fake items of clothing where there were large numbers of passing tourists, including in a shopping centre in Marbella town and a shopping area in nearby Puerto Banús.
The mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, has unveiled more details of the council's agreement to host an Ironman trial every year in the town until 2021.
Announcing plans alongside councillor for Sport, Blanca Fernán, Bernal said that each event will ge
Before the economic crisis, 51 per cent of properties costing more than one million euros in Andalucía were in the western part of Malaga province, but since the property bubble burst and prices plunged there has been a dramatic change in the housing
At a meeting in Madrid last week, representatives from Marbella council discussed with environment ministry officials their plan to protect the town's shoreline from erosion and restore sand to the beaches.
During the meeting, the government's coas
The provincial administrative court in Madrid has sentenced Banco Popular to return the deposit a British buyer paid a developer for an illegal property in Marbella.
The court rejected the appeal lodged by the bank against the original sentence han
Just ten houses per year are expected to be built up to 2035 on the La Zagaleta residential estate, near Benahavís, explained the head of business development at the company that owns La Zagaleta, Ignacio Pérez Díaz.
The estate is considered to be
The Junta de Andalucía's port authority has stepped in and taken over the running of Marbella's La Bajadilla port.
The marina, to the east of the old town, has been at the centre of a dispute between the company holding the operating licence, Nas M
A leading luxury hotel chain is to open an establishment in Marbella. On Thursday, the W chain signed an agreement with the Platinum Estates investment group, which is developing a project in the area of the sand dunes at Real de Zaragoza, to manage
The image of Marbella often spreads beyond the municipal borders, becoming an umbrella location for a large proportion of the western Costa del Sol. There are hotels and beach clubs in Estepona that use the Marbella brand in their marketing - and nob
Mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, led a town-council delegation to Moscow for the MITT tourism fair in the Russian capital this week. It aimed to consolidate the municipality's position as a popular tourist destination in that country.
The Russian ma
A Malaga court has upheld earlier judgements that four well-known petrol stations in Marbella were built with illegal planning permission granted in 1995 and 1996 when Jesús Gil was mayor. The stations affected are by Marbella bus station, in Nagüele
This week the Guardia Civil's Nature Protection Service (Seprona) is looking into any possible damage done to the Vega del Mar paleochristian basilica site in Marbella, after complaints from residents in the area.
According to the complainants, the
The zone adjacent to the paleochristian Basilica has never been subject to archaeological examination but there is no doubt that it is home to Roman burials, after excavation work in 1991 uncovered three Roman graves beneath sand dunes which lie only
A wave of other refund claims to banks could be on the horizon, and this time it has nothing to do with the so-called 'floor clause'.
A Marbella court has recently found in favour of two people who took out mortgages based not on the standard eurib
Construction of the La Dama de Noche Sports City in Marbella, which was opened on 18 January, was carried out without a municipal licence.
Legal proceedings against MFC Sport Arena, the owner of the installations used by Marbella FC and which inclu
Sheikh Al-Thani, head of the Nas Marbella group who holds the concession for the La Bajadilla port project, last week communicated by telephone, through a legal representative, his intention to appeal the decision of the Andalucía Public Port Agency
Marbella town hall reclaimed one of 70 million euros owed to it by Juan Antonio Roca on Wednesday.
The provincial court in Malaga agreed that this sum would be taken for civil liabilities in the 'Saqueo 1' and 'Saqueo 2' cases. In the first, Roca w
Trocadero Marbella secured their ninth win of the season after beating Unión Rugby Almeria 33-21.
The victory all but guarantees Marbella's status as a División de Honor B side next season, with five games of the season still to play.
The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, spoke to members of the British Chamber of Commerce on Marbella on Friday, urging calm among business leaders in the face of the uncertainty surrounding the future Brexit.
'Brexit and beyond' was the t
Of all the political catastrophes that have rained down on the planet in recent months, it's possible that Brexit will be the one with the most repercussions on the Costa del Sol - not necessarily on the tourism industry, but on the thousands of fell
A dream came true for parents last week when town councillors finally voted to allocate funds to put high-voltage power cables near three Marbella schools underground.
Local people in the Trapiche Norte area of Marbella have been campaigning for 14
The survival of one of the longest established sporting organisations in Marbella is under threat due to a municipal tax demand. The Patronato Provincial de Recaudación (the provincial tax collection agency) has ordered an embargo of Marbella Rugby C
In the old days they called it winter, but as climate change has turned meteorology into a strange anomaly it has now become known as a "Siberian cold front". This week much of the province of Malaga saw a covering of snow; you don't have to have suc
The Marbella Club Hotel closed its doors last week for a refurbishment that will cost around five million euros.
In addition to the renovation of the swimming pool and general maintenance work, the hotel will construct a new luxury villa in the cen
Speeding up the process of granting planning permission in Marbella is a priority for 2017, announced the councillor responsible for Planning, Isabel Pérez, this week. She explained that the approval of the adaptation of the 1986 urban plan (PGOU) wo
The Costa del Sol Health Agency, which runs the hospital of the same name in Marbella, has just invested 659,182 euros on updating its magnetic resonance equipment. The hospital in Marbella now has the latest generation scanner, which means it can us