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Malaga footballers line up for their Janssen jabs


...with the single-dose Janssen vaccine at the La Roca Health Centre, the closest to the La Rosaleda stadium. Some of the team have already received a vaccine – due to their age, while others will have to wait for a jab because they still have antibodies



Oasis of taste to taste


...aromatic herbs. Their produce was exported to France, for haute cuisine and restaurants of legendary Spanish chefs - from the Roca brothers to Arzak and Ferran Adrià. These two adopted Malaga sons considered themselves more than just gardeners, but "lovers



Spain's first coronavirus home lockdown was illegal, rules top court


...weeks of intense deliberations, which began on 22 June, it was the vote of the vice-president of the court, Encarnación Roca, that swung the balance and saw the court rule in favour of declaring the mass lockdown during the first-wave of the pandemic to



Into the fire

Mark Nayler

Barcelona on 8 October 2017, days after the region's separatist government staged an illegal referendum on secession. He was the Socialist mayor of his Catalan hometown of La Roca del Vallès between 1995 and 1999, and has held several posts within the



Juan Antonio Roca's estate in San Pedro will house the new fairground and a cultural centre

Héctor Barbotta

La Caridad, the luxury estate once owned by Juan Antonio Roca, is to house a new fairground for San Pedro and Nueva Andalucía and will be used for cultural events all year round. The council was awarded the property, which is worth several million ... euros, by a court in February last year as part of the compensation Roca has to pay with regard to the 'Saqueo' corruption case. The court order did not include the contents of the property, which included cars, carriages and hunting trophies, as these ... have been auctioned to pay fines and compensation in other cases of corruption involving Roca. The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, visited La Caridad recently and explained that the initial idea had been to use the estate as a sports complex but



Sean Connery and Marbella, a marriage that ended in divorce

Héctor Barbotta planning irregularities and money laundering in which the actor and his wife were claimed to have been involved along with a group of lawyers and former council members including Juan Antonio Roca and Julián Muñoz. The police operation, which began ... not until 2014 that Connery actually appeared as a witness. He did so from the Bahamas via a sworn statement in which he denied any responsibility in the operation, denied that he knew Gil, Roca and Julián Muñoz and warned that he would not be



'We overhauled the squad because we want results in the short term'


...hungry talent, desperate for competitive minutes. These include Uruguayan full-back Busquets (Peñarol), Panama international Gudiño, Bolivian forward Ferddy Roca, French midfielder Cissé (from the French third division), striker Rafa Tresaco (95 minutes



Thwarted sale of a prized Sorolla reveals a plot to sell seized Malaya paintings

Héctor Barbotta

A painting by one of Spain's most sought-after artists and the fight between two of Juan Antonio Roca's former partners over the remains of the spoils from the Marbella planning corruption scandal have brought to light another plot: hiding from the ... light during the investigation into the corruption scandal. Its owners, Andrés Liétor and Carlos Sánchez, developed multiple businesses in Marbella in partnership with Juan Antonio Roca. Liétor and Sánchez were sentenced to four and a half years in ... reflected in the court orders, however. In November 2008, the investigating judge learned from a witness that Carlos Sánchez had been in charge of a series of manoeuvres in order to raise money for Roca's family and avoid it being seized by the courts. The



Restaurant hell


...complete a sad week, Barcelona's Michelin-starred Hisop restaurant has closed because of Covid infections among the workers, as has El Celler de Can Roca and DiverXo in Madrid. The suicide of French chef Taku Sekine completes a heart-rending week for the



The Costa del Sol Hospital: ten years with no sign of progress

Héctor Barbotta

...the more recent history of Marbella. The unfinished extension works to the Costa del Sol Hospital are nothing to do with the town planning savagery of the harsh years of Jesús Gil and Juan Antonio Roca; this is a much more recent story of



Marbella's official language school set to be ready by next term

Héctor Barbotta

...began in November last year and were funded by assets seized from Juan Antonio Roca, mastermind of Marbella's huge town-planning corruption scandal. The school, which has 12 classrooms, is already 95 per cent complete and will be furnished by the Junta



Malaga fans hold pre-match 'funeral' for the club


...groups), left the La Roca neighbourhood at 7.30pm before forming a procession to the stadium. The procession was made up of a coffin, a drummer, candles, masks and people dressed in black clothing. "Sit down and you'll see the body of your badge come



Chefs break with tradition at Madrid Fusión


...which sounds better". The theme for this edition of the conference was basic cuisine, something that the chef of Nerua (the restaurant in the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao) has been practising for more than a decade. Joan Roca's speech stirred the ... water, invasive species, the warming of the seas, wasted food and the environmental cost of producing animal protein. Roca's imagination transformed this ideology into a freeze-dried fungi broth, an Atlantic blue crab fritter and a beetroot, watermelon ... are too accustomed and no-one questions established practises. Speaking of introducing changes in a sequence of dishes, imagine the challenge for the El Celler de Can Roca team to meet the needs of customers with allergies or intolerances. As Pitu



From Julen to Franco, a review of some of the year's news stories

Debbie Bartlett

Sánchez had looked increasingly likely as relations with Catalan separatist MPs, whose support was need in the vote, had soured. Locally, it was revealed that Juan Antonio Roca, the 'strong man' at Marbella town hall during the ransacking of municipal ... coffers, was now a free man after serving 13 years. Legal sources said that never before had a person found guilty of financial crimes been held permanently in jail for such a long period. Roca received jail sentences for different cases including 'Malaya'



Marbella council finally receives full compensation after the Saqueo 1 court case

Héctor Barbotta

Ten years after the court judgement was given, Marbella council has finally received all of the compensation to which it was entitled following the case known as Saqueo 1. The court decided that Juan Antonio Roca, lawyer José Luis Sierra and ... especially as most of Roca's wealth was frozen for his role in the Malaya case.



Home of corrupt former Marbella planning boss is sold by a court despite him still living there

Nieves Castro

...high-value assets frozen as now-released Juan Antonio Roca was sent to jail in the infamous corruption scandals that rocked the resort over ten years ago. The eight-bedroom property was put on sale on a court-supervised website for 2.6 million euros but in ... the end has gone for 1.8 million. However the sale comes with a possible catch as, despite having been found guilty, sent to jail, and still owing tens of millions in defrauded money to Marbella town hall, Juan Antonio Roca and his family are still ... It's not known what the conditions of the final sale are. Not the only one In other developments in the aftermath of the sentences of Roca and the many officials, politicians and business people who embezzled funds from the town hall, it has



New glasses allow the blind to read and recognise faces


...what the glasses read self destructs," in order to maintain the privacy of the user, so it is safe for bank paperwork, for example. Currently, the main problem is the price: 'MyEye' costs 4,500 euros. The glasses are only available in Malaga's Roca



Marbella finally lays its hands on two rural estates confiscated from Malaya corruption boss

Nieves Castro

...valued at 6.5 million euros in total, were confiscated from former town-planning boss, Juan Antonio Roca, as part of the seizure of his assets by a court. As the court hasn't managed to find a buyer for them, Marbella council recently got permission to ... take them over for public use as part payment for the compensation due to be paid into council funds by Roca for the money he embezzled. The two properties that the mayor has signed the title deeds to are Finca La Caridad, covering 81,000 square ... lost to Roca, as well as the support of local people. One option being considered for Finca La Caridad, the property valued the most at five million euros and with the best access, is a large sports complex with activities not currently found



Juan Antonio Roca released as luxury former homes are handed over for council use

Héctor Barbotta

A Malaga court has ordered the title deeds of two estates and a heliport that once belonged to Juan Antonio Roca, mastermind of Marbella's huge town-planning corruption scandal, to be transferred to the town hall. The move was announced just a ... few days before Roca was granted a conditional release from prison, where he has been serving a 20-year sentence due to end in 2023. The court said that as three quarters of the sentence were up and he had shown good behaviour, Roca could go free. ... Roca's former luxury homes, Finca La Caridad, which covers eight hectares, and Finca Siete Corchones (12 hectares) and the heliport were seized during the Malaya investigation. The town hall hopes to use La Caridad, which is valued at more than five



Marbella corruption boss' farm valued at five million euros as town hall asks to take over

Héctor Barbotta

...that was home to Juan Antonio Roca, former town-planning head who was sentenced in the Operación Malaya trials. Up to now the property has been on sale for eight million euros on a website set up by the court to sell off Roca's assets and recover the ... town's PGOU master town plan. Some outbuildings were also illegally built. A separate heliport in Marbella and another farm, both once Roca's, have been valued at 2.7 million euros.



More Malaya corruption assets to be put on sale on new website

Héctor Barbotta

...are now long over, large compensation payments due from those sentenced are in most cases still outstanding. The raising of funds from the sale of seized assets belonging to the ringleader, former town-planning boss, Juan Antonio Roca, has been ... helped by the publication of a special public website displaying his multi-million-euro property and assets, with money from sales going towards paying Roca's debt. Now a judge, seeing how slowly the money is being paid back by the rest of those ... sentenced, has decided to launch a second website dedicated just to selling their assets. Among those who will see their seized items put on public sale are former mayor, Marisol Yägue, former councillor, Isabel García Marcos, Roca's brother-in-law, Antonio



Marbella aims to recover further 30 million euros from corruption cases

Héctor Barbotta central Marbella and two parking spaces) - together valued at 1.4 million euros. With these figures, Marbella town hall expects to have recovered 43.5 million euros before the end of the year after the sale of Juan Antonio Roca's belongings



Marbella mayor asks for Roca's properties to be handed over for the town's use

Héctor Barbotta

The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, has asked the council to vote on her plan to demand that the national government give the town seven properties owned by former town-planning head, Juan Antonio Roca, who was the mastermind of the Malaya ... corruption scandal. Marbella is due significant compensation from the case generated from the ongoing sale of Roca's assets. However, to speed up the return of the money to the town, Muñoz wants 15-million-euros worth of property to be given directly to the ... council for public use. Among the properties is Roca's former country home, Finca La Caridad, near San Pedro and valued at 5.7 million euros, a heliport near Nagüeles (769,000 euros), a luxury apartment in central Marbella (2.6 million euros), and a



Marbella receives 12 million euros from the sale of more of convicted Juan Antonio Roca's assets

Héctor Barbotta

Ever since Marbella's corrupt former town-planning chief was handed his prison sentence, the local town hall had only been able to recover nine million euros of the 60 million embezzled by Juan Antonio Roca. However, last week, that figure went up ... by 12 million euros when a judge handed the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, a cheque. Roca's hunting trophies OK to sell, says court A court has said that the sale of 98 stuffed animals acquired by Juan Antonio Roca as hunting trophies can be ... sold after all. The sale of the items, featured on a website with 70-milion-euros worth of Roca assets, had been halted while the legality of the sale of the animals was investigated. Now a court has ruled they can go, although the 21,050 euros price is



The loot is trickling back, a drop at a time


...their responsibilities to the town. In fact, only two have paid significant amounts and they have only done so because it would be beneficial to their situation in some way. One is Juan Antonio Roca, who was recently conceded third-grade imprisonment ... after 12 years in jail, and the other is lawyer José María del Nido, who was found guilty in the 'Minutas case'. Roca made payments to meet his responsibilities in the 'Saqueo I case', when he was applying for his first leave after spending over a ... decade behind bars; Del Nido made most of his payments because he had applied for a pardon and thought, at that time, that he stood a good chance of obtaining it. He was, however, disappointed. Roca, who has been sentenced to pay 62 million euros plus



New law courts will be in building seized in Malaya corruption case


...head of planning at the town hall, Juan Antonio Roca, in the infamous Operation Malaya corruption case. Last year the council said it wanted to hand over the building, originally destined to be a hotel but built illegally, to the Junta. Courts in ... seized from Juan Antonio Roca in order to write down council debt with Madrid. The central government still needs to approve the final transfer of the building to the council.



The Michelin stars pay tribute to Arzak


...together some of the greatest names in world gastronomy: Martín Berasategui, Joan Roca, Quique Dacosta, Ángel León (three Michelin stars) and Ferran Adrià. Also there were Andoni Luis Aduriz, Paco Roncero, Toño Pérez, Diego Guerrero, Ramón Freixa, Paco ... favourites such as hake in green sauce, prepared by Joan Roca; paté of scorpionfish from Andoni Luis Aduriz and suckling pig in orange sauce which was prepared by Ángel León, who is normally known for his seafood dishes. The guest of honour was almost



Juan Antonio Roca, mastermind of Malaya and other fraud cases, is freed

Héctor Barbotta

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 ... Roca has chalked up prison sentences in numerous corruption-related cases which far exceed 30 years. The biggest sentence was handed down in the Malaya case, whose tribunal agreed in May 2016 to merge some sentences, fixing the maximum period behind ... bars at 20 years, the legal maximum. Assets seized from Roca are not enough to cover his debt with Marbella This merging (turning the sentences into one before calculating the proportion of the sentence served) allowed Roca to start to enjoy



Assets seized from Roca are not enough to cover his debt with Marbella

Héctor Barbotta

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 ... Roca.SALVADOR SALAS As part of the judicial decision to release Roca, officials had estimated that the value of the embargoed assets still to be sold and disposed off, including an eye-watering array of luxury properties and goods accumulated by the disgraced ... Antonio Roca also owes over 233 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities for fines for money laundering crimes linked to operation Malaya. However the government is not first in line to receive any money. In a deal reached in 2012 with Marbella's



12 years

Héctor Barbotta

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 ... new era in Spanish political culture. Juan Antonio Roca has just got his freedom back. There will be some, perhaps quite rightly, who consider that this isn't long considering the damage caused. But if we take into account that in all this time we ... biggest and longest financial depression on record, the appearance of smartphones and the invasion of social media in our everyday lives, and that all this time Roca has been in prison, perhaps we could conclude that in Marbella there has been no impunity.



The magic of smoke


...famous glass bell connected to a smoke pipe that the Roca brothers popularised in 2005 allows to smoke and aromatise any food instantaneously. Sawdust from different woods, spices and aromatic herbs are placed in the pipe and the aromas of their



Women grab the pan by the handle


...chefs whose names may be more familiar, such as Joan Roca, Dani García and David Muñoz. Many of them discovered cookery thanks to their mothers, who traditionally toiled over a hot stove and from whom they learned the skills that have made them famous.



Andalucía's most expensive catches


...ones measure up to 15cm. In fourth place, after sardines, anchovies and horse mackerel, is the common or rock octopus (pulpo de roca), with 563, 436 kilos caught last year. Average price at market last year was 7.65 euros a kilo. The unusual red



A coffee: 0.000135606 Bitcoins


The Hermanos Madrid bar in the La Roca neighbourhood of Malaga now accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment. The owners, the Madrid brothers, are convinced that it will soon be commonly accepted, and that their bar will have been the first in the



Malaya 'mastermind' granted day release from prison to work with charity


Juan Antonio Roca, the mastermind of the Malaya urban planning corruption ring in Marbella, is to be allowed to leave prison during the day to work for a charity after more than a decade behind bars. The privilege was granted by the penitentiary ... surveillance judge, José Luis Castro, against the criteria of the prison authorities. Castro cited a number of reasons for his decision: Roca will soon have served two thirds of his sentence, his conduct in jail has been “excellent”, he has assumed ... responsibility for the crimes committed and has shown regret in public. Roca has offered to work as a volunteer with the NGO Cáritas Málaga's Nuestra Señora de la Merced centre that works towards the reintegration of prisoners. Roca has been convicted of