Ronda joins corruption list

Ronda - beautiful but corrupt
Ronda's famous bridge

Ronda – a typical Spanish village; white walls, spectacular views, gastronomic delights and a corrupt town hall.

Former Mayor, Antonio Marin Lara, is at the centre of a corruption investigation following accusations that he had an “unhealthy” relationship with businesses over the granting of building licenses.

The judge presiding over the so-called “Acinipo” case referred to the sale of a plot of land for 1.8m euros which was later re-sold to developers for 17m euros, to build the Eroski centre. The judge said there seemed to be various irregularities surrounding the land reclassification.

At around the same time as the plot was sold Lara bought a brand new BMW, two properties in Ronda and another in Marbella. He also deposited large sums of cash in his bank account.

The investigation began after a series of denuncias led to Lara’s phone being bugged. He was arrested last year, along with three other businessmen. A gagging order was in place but the judge has partially lifted it releasing over 1000 related documents, including proof of a payment to Lara from Los Merinos, the developers responsible for the Los Merinos Golf hotel.

A number of loans taken out by Lara and his wife are also under investigation.

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