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Twelve years later, only four of those found guilty of looting funds from Marbella remain behind bars

  • Twelve years after the start of the 'Malaya case', the operation which uncovered the biggest network of corruption at a town hall in the history of Spain, only four of the 46 people found guilty are still in prison

Twelve years after the start of the 'Malaya case', the operation which uncovered the biggest network of corruption at a town hall in the history of Spain, only four of the 46 people found guilty are still in prison.

Most of those who were sent to jail have now either been granted third-grade imprisonment (they can go out during the day but have to return at night) or have been conditionally released. The others are former mayor Marisol Yagüe, businessman Andrés Liétor (who was a fugitive from justice for a while) and former councillors Rafael González and Javier Lendínez. The latter escaped justice for five years and his trial took place later than the others.

The brain behind the Malaya case, the former town planning advisor at Marbella town hall Juan Antonio Roca, has been granted third-grade imprisonment and now combines his job at a consulting company in Malaga province with voluntary duties.

The first arrests took place on 29 March 2006, although the investigation had begun the previous November. This was the biggest corruption case at a town hall in the history of Spain, and it resulted in the council being dissolved.