Mayor in the dock
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.