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27/02/2009 - 13 arrests in new real estate corruption case in Málaga


The latest corruption case in Spain has broken in the Axarquía area of Málaga province

The Socialist Mayor of the village of Alcaucín in Málaga is among 13 people arrested in Spain’s latest corruption scandal.

José Manuel Martín Alba, a labourer by trade, has been detained as investigations continue into the building and sale of homes on non-buildable land. Searches were carried out on Friday in the homes of the Mayor and members of his family.
The PSOE Socialist party says they will expel all those indicted from the party.

The 13 arrests occurred in Málaga and Huelva and also include the Mayor’s two daughters, and José Mora, chief of municipal architecture in the Dipitación de Málaga, the provincial government.

Also detained are two architects and other constructors and alleged intermediaries.

El Mundo says that the investigation could move to neighbouring La Viñuela, where the Socialist Mayor already faces different investigations on town planning irregularities.

Many of the properties sold in the area, have been purchased by foreigners.