Juan Antonio Roca released as luxury former homes are handed over for council use

Finca La Caridad.
Finca La Caridad. / Josele-Lanza
  • He was the mastermind behind Marbella's huge town-planning corruption scandal

A Malaga court has ordered the title deeds of two estates and a heliport that once belonged to Juan Antonio Roca, mastermind of Marbella's huge town-planning corruption scandal, to be transferred to the town hall.

The move was announced just a few days before Roca was granted a conditional release from prison, where he has been serving a 20-year sentence due to end in 2023. The court said that as three quarters of the sentence were up and he had shown good behaviour, Roca could go free.

Roca's former luxury homes, Finca La Caridad, which covers eight hectares, and Finca Siete Corchones (12 hectares) and the heliport were seized during the Malaya investigation. The town hall hopes to use La Caridad, which is valued at more than five million euros, for municipal sports facilities.

Roca, who has several corruption-related convictions, was jailed in 2006. Prior to his release, he was working for the Cáritas charity on prisoner rehabilitation under an open prison regime.