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Marbella corruption boss' farm valued at five million euros as town hall asks to take over

The farm is located outside San Pedro Alcántara.
The farm is located outside San Pedro Alcántara. / Josele-Lanza
  • A separate heliport in the town and another farm, also once belonging to Juan Antonio Roca, were valued at 2.7 million

The large property once belonging to the mastermind of Marbella council's huge corruption scandal over ten years ago has been revalued at five million euros.

Finca La Caridad, in El Potril, near San Pedro, is a 20-acre (81,500 square-metre) farm that was home to Juan Antonio Roca, former town-planning head who was sentenced in the Operación Malaya trials.

Up to now the property has been on sale for eight million euros on a website set up by the court to sell off Roca's assets and recover the civil damages he needs to pay back to the town hall. However the farm has not sold, and now the council wants to take it over directly and use it for sports and leisure purposes.

The valuation has dropped due to ongoing planning complications with the town's PGOU master town plan. Some outbuildings were also illegally built.

A separate heliport in Marbella and another farm, both once Roca's, have been valued at 2.7 million euros.