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

The vandalised and incomplete building near the Costa del Sol hospital by the A-7 motorway.
The vandalised and incomplete building near the Costa del Sol hospital by the A-7 motorway. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • The future site is an incomplete hotel outside Marbella by the A-7 that is set to be given to the local council as compensation for money lost in the fraud

The Junta de Andalucía regional government, which is responsible for running court buildings, has announced that it has accepted Marbella council's offer for it to use a part-finished building to combine the disparate court sites around the town.

The building, alongside the A-7 near the Costa del Sol hospital, is a familiar site to locals due to its sorry state of repair. If all goes to plan, it will be given to the council as part of compensation for money defrauded by the disgraced former 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 Marbella are currently spread out across three sites.

Announcing that the Junta had accepted the deal with the town hall, Rosa Aguilar, regional minister for Justice and Interior, said, “This is a moment of enormous satisfaction for this ministry, as it is an essential step forward for a town as important as Marbella at last getting the court facilities it needs.”

The arrangement is part of the complex deal between Marbella council and the Spanish tax agency whereby the town is receiving assets 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.