Locals group together in Marbella as new committee starts its work
April 27th, 2006
A group of 26 associations of all types, including local businessmen, have said they will form their own private prosecution in the court cases which result from the ongoing ‘Operacion Malaya’ corruption case in the town.
Under the name ‘Plataforma por el Futuro’ they met for the first time on Monday afternoon, saying they would demand penal charges be brought and that the guilty are fully investigated and charged.
The campaign has the services of top lawyer Luis Bertelli, and part of their action will be to demand compensation payments for what has happened.
They cite a report from the Tribunal de Cuentas which they say shows the extent of the theft from the public funds, and the carrying out of literally hundreds of crimes.
Story from typically Spanish
Marbella’s 16 “caretakers” move in to Town Hall today
As from today Marbella Town Hall is in the hands of the administrating committee who will run the council until next year’s municipal elections. On Wednesday the four parties represented on the Provincial Government (Diputacion) – the PSOE (Socialist party), the PP (Partido Popular), the IU (left wing Izquierda Unida) and the PA (Partido Andalucista) – announced the names of the members of the interim administration.
The final result is a group of 16, made up by lawyers, civil servants and other professionals and members of the local community. Lawyer Diego Martin Reyes, a member of the PSOE, has been named as President. At his 53 years of age, he is currently a legal advisor to Acosol, the water company for the Western Costa del Sol Mancomunidad de Municipios, a role he claims has given him a “profound knowledge of Marbella”. His naming has not pleased the PP, as he is a member of the PSOE and was not born in Marbella. He will be moving to the town shortly.
Local residents’ associations recently demanded to have their say in the future running of the local authority. Their wishes have been granted in the form of the naming of Ana Isabel Mas, currently President of the Federation of Marbella Residents’ Associations, as a committee member.
The committee will be formally set up at a meeting this morning. Meanwhile the acting mayor, Tomas Renones, held the last council meeting of the “GIL era” on Wednesday.