Former mayor of Cómpeta, Leovigildo López, has been banned from serving in public office for six years as well as being fined for issuing a licence to build a property on non-urbanisable land.
A former town hall architect, who has not been named, has also been fined for his part in the affair.
Events date back to December 2005 when a private individual applied for a licence to build a property on the rural land. In April 2007 the architect approved the project, despite a report from the regional government, the Junta de Andalucía, which stated that there was no evidence the building was to be used for agricultural purposes. López issued the licence the following December.
The judge dealing with case said that the two men had given the go- ahead for the project, “knowing that the result would contradict urban planning laws and with no legal basis”.