Beach bar con­tract will go to trial

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By Nuria Pérez FOR­MER Ori­huela coun­cil­lor for the coast Martina Scheurer and the owner of beach bar com­pany Chirin­gui­tos del Sol, Thomas W. Her­teux are to stand trial for the al­leged fix­ing of the for­mer beach bar ser­vice con­tract for Ori­huela Costa which was signed in 2014.

An Ori­huela judge in­formed the pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice and de­fence lawyers that the case will go to court, al­though the date has not been fixed.

Sra Scheurer faces sev­eral charges in­clud­ing al­leged fraud, ad­min­is­tra­tive pre­var­i­ca­tion and mis­use of priv­i­leged in­for­ma­tion.

The prose­cu­tor has asked for a three year prison term.

Sr Her­teux is charged with al­leged malfea­sance, fraud and us­ing priv­i­leged in­for­ma­tion and the prose­cu­tor is ask­ing for 5.9 years’ jail and a ban on win­ning con­tracts with pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions.

Sra Scheurer told Costa Blanca News that she hoped Span­ish jus­tice was based on ev­i­dence and not on sup­po­si­tions.

“I can­not un­der­stand any­thing in this,” she said.

“I have not done what I am be­ing ac­cused of and the charges are not based on ev­i­dence.”

Sra Scheurer noted that a coun­cil of­fi­cer who had been im­pli­cated will not now face trial.

“I did not re­veal any in­awards for­ma­tion or agree any­thing to ben­e­fit a spe­cific busi­ness­man and I con­tinue to pay my mort­gage and I drive a 15-year-old car,” she said.

She claimed that qual­ity seals were in­cluded in the ten­der doc­u­ment be­cause at that time the Q qual­ity seal, ISO cer­tifi­cates and Blue Flag for the beaches were very im­por­tant to pro­mote a qual­ity tourist des­ti­na­tion and ser­vice.

She high­lighted that she had forced Chirin­gui­tos del Sol to pay the money it owed to the coun­cil for the un­paid fees from pre­vi­ous years when the Par­tido Pop­u­lar was rul­ing.

“The for­mer coun­cil and the civil ser­vants had not done any­thing about it, even though the debt was over €550,000,” she said.

“It was not my job and I could have ig­nored the debt too, but it would not have been right.”

Sra Scheurer pointed out that the draft ten­der doc­u­ment drawn up by her pre­de­ces­sor, coun­cil­lor Pe­dro Mancebo had stricter re­quire­ments than the fi­nal ten­der doc­u­ment she signed.

“Both busi­ness­men who took the is­sue to the court could not have sub­mit­ted their bids ei­ther un­der those terms,” she stated.

Sra Scheurer added: “I hope every­thing is cleared up at the trial and that I achieve jus­tice.”

Martina Scheurer

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