Busi­ness­man tried to bribe mayor

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Jo Pugh THE PRO­VIN­CIAL Pros­e­cu­tor of Ali­cante is seek­ing a prison sen­tence of two years for a busi­ness­man who al­legedly at­tempted to bribe the mayor of Ben­i­tachell, Josep Femenia.

The man, who owns a petrol sta­tion on the road be­tween Ben­i­tachell and Jávea, will be tried by jury in Ali­cante Pro­vin­cial Court on Novem­ber 20. The trial is ex­pected to last three days.

The events go back to May 2012 when the coun­cil, led by Femenia, de­manded that the petrol sta­tion be de­mol­ished. The un­named ac­cused de­cided to file a claim in or­der to sue the coun­cil for the loss of his busi­ness and in­come, de­mand­ing €150,000.

In Au­gust of that year, the en­tre­pre­neur ap­peared at a shop Femenia was vis­it­ing, and in­vited him for a cof­fee and a chat.

He al­legedly of­fered Femenia €50,000 in cash. This was to shorten the lengthy pro­ce­dures re­gard­ing his re­quest for the €150,000 that he had filed against the coun­cil.

It was then that the mayor de­cided to lodge an of­fi­cial com­plaint against the busi­ness­man for at­tempted bribery.

Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Guardia Civil, the case was re­ferred to court.

Mayor Femenia

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