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Junta de Andalucía considering expropriating land affected during rescue

  • Over 20 plots of land were affected during the search, meaning that other landowners should be compensated

The Junta de Andalucía has said that it is considering expropriating some of the land affected in the search for Julen in January. Over 20 plots of land were affected during the search, meaning that other landowners should be compensated. The Junta has said that it is "impossible to return the land back to its original state" and as such the land has lost its original value.

During the trial the magistrate ordered that the land needed to be secured to avoid more accidents and as such the regional government originally considered turning it into a recreational area with a memorial to little Julen. However, it has since said that expropriating the land would offer more "juridical security" and "less risk of another accident happening."

The land around El Cerro de la Corona in Totalán, where the tragedy and ensuing rescue operation, which has been described as the biggest of its kind in Spain, happened, has affected the land to the point where current landowners would be unable to use it for its original purposes. Large areas are considered unsafe due to the holes that were dug and machinery used during the rescue efforts.

The Junta needs to reach a financial settlement with the affected landowners, but through conversations between some of them and SUR, we can reveal that nothing has been put into writing as yet as the regional government is awaiting the final verdict on the case first.