vineri, 6 martie 2009

Arestari in Spania-Natura 2000: Ex Murcia Regional Councillor arrested for corruption

Francisco Marqués faces perversion of the course of justice and bribery charges in connection with a development in the sierra

An ex Murcia regional councilor, Francisco Marqués, has been arrested by National Police in Madrid as part of the Zerrichera case. It relates to the building of an urbanization in an environmentally protected zone in the La Almenara Sierra in Murcia.

Sources in the Murcia High Court say he faces charges of perversion of the course of justice and bribery, and he is expected to appear before the Instruction Court Three shortly. Several homes were searched as part of the police operation yesterday.

The project at Águilas was to construct 4,000 homes, a luxury hotel and an 18 hole golf course on a 250 hectare finca, part of which was classified in the Red Natura 2000 European environment protection classification.

The Partido Popular councilor held several posts in the regional governments led by Valcárcel, and resigned in April 2006 after several months of criticism from ecologists when he was councilor for the Environment and territorial planning, a post he had held from 2004.


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