Court hearings start in Nerja illegal dump case
NEWS Staff Reporter THIRTY-four people including construction company owners and current and former councillors at Nerja town hall have been called to testify in a court investigation into an illegal dump outside the town.
The hearings at a Torrox court started on Tuesday and are scheduled to run until No- vember 30.
The case involves an old quarry site in the Río de la Miel area that was used as a dump for construction rubble and other waste for 15 years before being closed down in 2016, amassing some 800,000 cubic metres of waste.
The cost to clean it up and return the 36,000-square-metre site to its original state has been estimated at €10.7 million, while the Guardia Civil’s Seprona environmental unit has said the illegal dumping, which kept the waste material from being properly treated, represented €2.5 million in fraud.
Earlier this year 12 people were arrested in the case, codenamed Operation Rubbish, and real estate and other assets totalling €5 million were embargoed from some of the suspects.
Those called to testify at the investigative hearings include 31 construction business owners, current Partido Popular councillor José Miguel Jimena – who was previously the environment councillor when the Partido Popular was in power at the town hall – and former PP councillors José Alberto Tomé and Jonathan Méndez.
Nobody in the case has yet been formally charged with any crime.