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Mijas councillor quizzed over PP claims

Francisco Martínez (file foto).
Francisco Martínez (file foto). / SUR
  • Podemos councillor Francisco Martínez appeared before public prosecutors over the alleged offer from the PP of a job in exchange for his vote and he also made additional accusations

Francisco Martínez, the only councillor in Mijas town hall of the Costa del Sol Sí Puede party, which is affiliated to Podemos, was questioned by public prosecutors in Malaga yesterday.

It follows last week's revelations, emerging from taped conversations, that the local Partido Popular (PP) had sought to get Martínez to vote for the PP and bring down Mijas council in return for a possible job at Club La Costa. Martínez had met with local PP leader and former mayor, Ángel Nozal, and PP councillor Santiago Martín. Martín, who was allegedly recorded making the job offer, resigned last week.

The PP officials reportedly wanted Martínez's support to get enough votes to remove the Ciudadanos/PSOE coalition from power in Mijas. They also supposedly promised not to press Martínez over allegations of irregular working practices.

Speaking after appearing before investigators yesterday, Martínez said that he had gone further than his original accusations against the local PP. He said that he had added further comments made by local PP leader, Ángel Nozal, when he met the PP members, explaining that Nozal had incriminated himself in the discussions and that "I've also told the prosecutor that in the conversation, [Nozal] accused workers at Mijas town hall of having committed crimes. They are related to town planning and local policing" he said.

Holiday resort CLC World issued a statement last week saying it had "no knowledge of or involvement in the offer of potential employment at 'Club La Costa' as an incentive to gain influence over a Mijas town Hall councillor." The firm stressed its support for the town hall and the local community.