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Scandal over suspicious Mijas property auctions widens

  • Investigators say that the ‘express auctions’ carried out by officials at Mijas council could have started 37 years ago

Irregular property auctions carried out by officials at Mijas council could have started 37 years ago, say investigators.

The town hall commission set up to look into ‘express auctions’, led by Podemos’s local councillor, Francisco Martínez, has asked for files going back to 1980.

“We have serious suspicions that the so-called ‘express auction’ case is just one part of the story,” said the councillor. He added that he believes that properties bought by the council for “the people of Mijas” were given to others to use.

The problem arises as the council has no accurate inventory of the properties it owns. “This municipality has made a real mess of this,” he continued.

The case of ‘express auctions’ in Mijas came to light almost a year ago. Former PP mayor, Ángel Nozal, and his councillor for Finance, Mario Bravo, are being investigated over the auction of property at below market rates without following proper timescales. The council was selling the properties it had gained from people that owed it local taxes.

The investigation alleges that the two men had professional involvement in the property sector that could have influenced the sales.