Corrupt Casares Mayor released on bail

Juan Sanchez released
Former mayor Juan Sanchez

Ex-mayor of Casares Juan Sánchez has been released from prison after supporters raised 200,000 euros to bail him out.

The supporters and members of the public managed to raise the money in just three days meaning Sánchez was in custody for less than a fortnight.

Sánchez was arrested at his home in Manilva two weeks ago, along with his wife, in an joint operation between the National Police and Guardia Civil acting for the anti-corruption prosecutor.

In total eleven people have been implicated relating to charges of town planning corruption, fraud, money laundering and involvement with organised crime groups.

Juan Sánchez was mayor of Casares prior to becoming president of the association of town halls of the western Costa del Sol. He stepped down following last years elections and took up another mandate as the councillor for institutional relations and housing in Casares. He has since been suspended from his post.

The operation was codenamed ‘Majestic’ after the property developers that are alleged to be at the heart of the case. Allegedly, as mayor Sr Sánchez allowed the Majestic Group to build a large urbanisation at Casares Costa.

Another corrupt mayor – this time in Casares

Casares
Casares joins the corruption list

Spanish police have arrested former Casares mayor Juan Sánchez and his wife, along with an Estepona lawyer and a fourth unidentified person.

The arrests were made on Monday by police acting for the anti-corruption prosecutor. They appeared before the judge following their arrest.

Casares is a small municipality with just 5,300 residents and has now joined Manilva, Marbella, Estepona, Alhaurín el Grande, Alcaucín and Ronda on the list of towns involved in corruption scandals involving either serving or former mayors.

The four are the be charged in connection with money laundering and town planning irregularities, and allegedly involve organised criminal organisations.

Computers were seized from the town hall while the former Izquierda Unida mayor was taken to Alhaurin prison after failing to secure bail of 200,000€.

The Guardia Civil and the National Police are involved in the investigation at Casares Town Hall which has been temporarily closed to the public while the investigation is in progress.

A spokesperson for the Izquierda Unida said they were “surprised” by the arrests.