Ex-mayor of Spain’s ‘most indebted’ town set to appeal four-year jail term

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APPEAL: The defendants intend to challenge the Provincial Court of Zamora’s ruling

MARCELO JURADO, the former mayor of what has been dubbed Spain’s most indebted town, plans to appeal against a four-year jail sentence for embezzlement, his lawyer said.

The ex-mayor of Paleas de Abajo, in Castilla y Leon, has been jailed for four years and fined thousands of euros for the misuse of public funds.

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He has also been disqualified from serving in public office for eight years. His voting rights have been restricted and he was also ordered to pay almost €14,600 in compensation to the town.

The Provincial Court of Zamora heard Jurado took a total of €14,559.51 from the town without having a reason to do so in writing or without proper documentation.

The defendant went on trial in Zamora alongside Bernardo Prieto, a former councillor and the ex-Treasurer of Peleas.

Prieto was handed a three-year prison sentence and a five-year disqualification from public office after the court found him guilty of being a ‘necessary co-operator’ in the embezzlement.

The ex-treasurer’s lawyer said he would also lodge an appeal against the ruling before the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y Leon.


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