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Marbella aims to recover further 30 million euros from corruption cases

Mayor Ángeles Muñoz in Madrid this week.
Mayor Ángeles Muñoz in Madrid this week. / SUR
  • The seized assets of Pedro Román and José Luis Sierra will go up for auction in the coming months

Marbella town hall hopes to recover a further 30 million euros before the end of the year as the assets of Pedro Román and José Luis Sierra go up for auction.

As part of sentencing in the Saqueo II corruption case, Román, the former deputy mayor of the town, had properties, valued at 27 million euros, seized. They will be shortly put up for public auction.

In the case of Sierra, former legal advisor to then-mayor Jesús Gil, convicted in Saqueo I, he has had three properties seized (a duplex in central Marbella and two parking spaces) - together valued at 1.4 million euros.

With these figures, Marbella town hall expects to have recovered 43.5 million euros before the end of the year after the sale of Juan Antonio Roca's belongings (sentenced in Malaya) generated 12 million euros.

This, however, doesn't go far enough, according the town's mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, who was in Madrid on Monday. With the total money owed estimated to be in the region of 500 million euros, as a senator, Muñoz put forward a motion to urge the government to use greater powers to reclaim money gained through corruption.

Since 2012, a total of more than 13 million euros have been recovered, much of it used to clear the council's debt with the tax office during the GIL era.

However, since the new Law of General Budgets came into effect, Marbella can spend further recovered money on projects of its choosing.