Mayor in the dock

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS -

THE first-ever case in Spain of a mayor fac­ing le­gal charges for 'frit­ter­ing' pub­lic money will see Gan­dia's (La Safor, Va­len­cia) for­mer leader in court to­day (Fri­day).

So­cial­ist head José Manuel Orengo, who was mayor un­til 2011, and his fi­nance coun­cil­lor Ana Gar­cía are due in the dock over loans they ap­plied for over the last two years they were in of­fice to the tune of nearly €100 mil­lion.

Cur­rent mayor Ar­turo Torró (PP) claims the two are guilty of 'power-deal­ing' and 'mis­use of pub­lic funds' and adds: "The tax­payer is still, to­day, shelling out to re­pair the bad man­age­ment of a lo­cal govern­ment which spent all the town's money."

This is the first time a judge will in­ves­ti­gate loans ap­proved in the past by a town coun­cil for pos­si­ble in­ci­dences of fraud.

Torró's le­gal claim on be­half of the lo­cal author­ity has been ac­cepted by the court, but this does not mean Orengo or Gar­cía have been charged as yet - it merely sig­ni­fies that the judge is will­ing to ex­am­ine the case ma­te­rial and call up the ac­cused par­ties to tes­tify.

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