Prison for drug-deal­ing mayor

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jo Wick­man

THE MAYOR of Tor­res (Va­len­cia) Rafael Gil will serve an eight-year prison sen­tence for be­long­ing to a gang of drug deal­ers.

The case came to light two years ago, with Gil fac­ing as many as 19 charges for a scheme that shipped il­le­gal mer­chan­dise across Europe in pal­lets that on the sur­face only car­ried fruit and tinned toma­toes… in the name of a com­pany of which he was the sole ad­min­is­tra­tor.

He would also have sup­pos­edly ar­ti­fi­cially in­creased gov­ern­ment ex­pen­di­tures to laun­der the money he made. The tri­als took place this week, with the prose­cu­tor ini­tially seek­ing a 30-year sen­tence and pay­ment of a €616,000 fine.

How­ever, dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings, Gil and his team reached an agree­ment with the pros­e­cu­tors and plead guilty to the charges of drug traf­fick­ing, be­long­ing to a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion, cov­er­ing for the head of the gang, mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of pub­lic funds and crimes against work­ers’ rights – all of which will keep him locked up for eight years.

Fur­ther­more, he also said that he won’t stand down as mayor of Tor­res Tor­res, ex­plain­ing that he be­lieves he is do­ing a good job in the town hall.

Of the other 42 peo­ple act­ing as de­fen­dants in the case, 36 also con­fessed hav­ing com­mit­ted their crimes and will serve be­tween 13 months and eight years in prison.

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