A CIVIL servant at Zurgena Town Hall has been found guilty of corrupt practice for having produced technical reports in favour of building of 94 homes on land in Las Cabreras where construction was not permitted.
The sentence from Almeria’s number four criminal court comes after the Provincial Courts partly rejected a sentence letting the former council off after they were accused of allowing the illegal building to go ahead.
Now, the defendant has been banned from public office for three and a half years and fined €360. He will not, however, have to pay damages to the British purchasers of the homes on the Lemon Tree Island Botanic Resort, who had paid approximately €649,000 in advance.
The judge rejected the private prosecution’s request for the defendant, along with Zurgena Council and New Medina Villa, to return the payments, stating the accused had no responsibility to that respect.