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Police report questions role of Mijas ex-mayor in property sales

  • The report has called into question the role of former mayor and local PP leader, Ángel Nozal

A report by the Guardia Civil into supposed misconduct in property sales by Mijas council between 2011-2015 has called into question the role of former mayor and local PP leader, Ángel Nozal. Nozal has also been in the spotlight recently over supposed offers of favours by the local PP to a rival Podemos councillor.

The police document says there were "irregularities" in the former mayor's involvement in the so-called "express auction" of properties by the council to new owners. It alleges that Nozal and the former councillor for Finance, Mario Bravo, had a conflict of interest between their private business dealings as property managers and their public role during the sales process.

The "express auction" case began when anti-corruption campaigners Manos Limpios reported in October 2015 that for over five years Mijas council had been arranging the sell-off of private homes, where the owners had failed to pay certain taxes, at below market rates without allegedly seeing out statutory notice periods.

The accusation says that 73 auction sales were rushed through in a month each, when the law says six months must pass to see if a better offer is made.