Out of the fry­ing pan...

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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