Beach bar contract will go to trial
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.”