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Prosecuters seek 10 years in jail for ex-mayor of Estepona in corruption case

  • The accusations date back to 2003 when the mayor supposedly carried on spending, despite the council being in deficit, using backhanders

It is eleven years since an investigation began and 10 years since 'Operation Astapa' was launched by police and courts which forced the resignation of former mayor of Estepona, Antonio Barrientos.

Now prosecutors have completed their formal written accusation of 51 people believed to have been involved in the scandal.

Five former top officials and politicians could face trial and sentences of up to 10 years each.

The accusations centre on the period from 2003 when the mayor supposedly carried on spending, despite the council being in deficit, using backhanders and black money from developers.