Trial under way to decide outcome of ‘illegal’ builds

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RAZED: Destruction of Retamar homes bought in good faith

THE trial began today (Wednesday) of Partaloa’s former mayor, Federico Molina.

He, his partner Antonio Peñuela, and three former councillors, face charges of building on land in the Retamar area not zoned for development.

In October 2006, the court will hear, their “administrative silence” allowed building to go ahead although they knew that this was illegal.

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The Prosecution Department plans to recommend the demolition of 29 villas, most of them belonging to foreign owners.

Seventeen of them are taking part in the proceedings to defend their interests as the Public Prosecutor will recommend that the developer, also on trial, should compensate those who bought in good faith.

Last week the Euro Weekly News reported that the Senate had decided to ensure compensation is paid to people who bought property in good faith before demolition orders are carried out. It is not known whether that decision will come into effect in this case.

Several ‘illegal’ homes have been demolished in the past with, in most cases, the owners still awaiting compensation.

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