David Valadez, the Socialist Mayor of Estepona, is to appear in court next month, where he’s to be questioned as a suspect for allegedly using funds from land sales to pay the wages of the municipal workforce.
El Mundo newspaper gives his date in court as April 1. It’s understood that the municipal secretary, Francisco de Paula, the Town Hall treasurer, Javier María Marín, will be in court with him on the first of next month.
The complaint presented by the Partido Popular in September claims that most of the funds used to pay Town Hall wages are income resulting from planning agreements and should only be spent on planning matters.
El Mundo notes that Andalucía’s LOUA land law prohibits using funds from planning agreements to cover general expenditure.