Out of the frying pan...
THE mayor of Cullera (Valencia), who has been at the epicentre of the controversy regarding a forest fire caused by a firework display in the mountains three weeks ago, was absolved from another charge this week.
Ernesto Sanjuán had been accused of noise pollution and corruption by neighbours living next to two pubs that repeatedly broke the law regarding decibel levels and which closed in 2009.
A local businessman was also charged in the prolonged court case that was originally launched in 2003.
The judge this week finally decreed that Cullera council, led by Sr Sanjuán, 'acted in the area of Barcelona, Algemesí, Madrid and Lorenzo de Borja streets throughout his time in office to control the excess noise registered there due to various factors'.
The court insists that as a result of the town hall's intervention, of the 15 pubs and clubs that were open in the area in 2003, 'in 2009 there were only three left'.
In another development this week, the Valencia prosecutor specialising in forest fires considers that Sr Sanjuán could 'possibly' be charged with a 'fire offence caused by serious negligence'.
This crime is reportedly punished under the Spanish Penal Code with up to 10 years in prison and a fine of an unspecified amount.
The court investigation continues.