Businessman tried to bribe mayor
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.