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Mayor no longer under investigation after court doubts existence of elderly complainant

  • Action against the mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, and two councillors have been halted by a judge in Fuengirola

Legal proceedings against the mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, and two councillors have been halted by a judge in Fuengirola after doubts arose over whether a person who had supposedly lodged a complaint about them actually exists.

This began in September, when an OAP wrote to the anti-corruption authorities in Malaga to report irregularities in the organisation of a trip for elderly residents. He gave his name but no identification number, and a contact address which it was later found does not exist. He also provided supposed copies of documentation of which no official record has been found.

The mayor responded with a counterclaim to the Guardia Civil, who began their own investigation. They spoke to the postman who delivers mail to the area in question, who confirmed that he had never delivered anything to the address. In fact, he said that his colleague Juan Carlos Gónzalez Márquez, who is a PP councillor, had told him that if he ever saw any correspondence addressed to a certain name, he was to give it to him. He also sent several WhatsApp messages to remind him. A letter did arrive, and the postal worker photographed it and sent it to the councillor, who asked him to put it in his mailbox. When questioned, González Márquez said a man had told him he had yet to install a mailbox and was expecting a letter, so he had offered to take it in for him. The investigation continues.