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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Nobody expects...The Spanish corruption on THIS scale! by bIG bLOGGER on 1 November 2008 3:31pm
Following on fairly soon after the scandal in Marbella (Costa Del Sol) in April,2006,when the Mayor and 10 Town Councillors were arrested for corruption and fraud,comes News this week of another similar debacle.
This time it concerns the municipality of San Fulgencio,pop.11,000--situated south-east of Alicante on the beautiful Costa Blanca.Amazingly 80% of the population here are foreigners,mostly pesky British ex-pats.
It was reported the head of San Fulgencio's police force was detained (--!!--did he arrest himself?)as well as the deputy Mayor,Manuel Barrera Garcia,61 yrs, who was caught on videotape apparently accepting a bribe of £3,900 (5,000 euros) from 2 property developers. Now, 6 of the town's 13 Councillors have been arrested including Mayoress Trinidad Martinez,and local Councillors Juan Gamuz,Juan Palenca,Mariano Marti and Fina Reme.
The 8,000 British residents here live 3 miles outside of town in a so-called "British ghetto",whilst the 3,000 indigenous Spanish still inhabit the old Town,founded in the 18th century.
Since the scandal broke,to the dismay of the Spanish locals,the Town Hall has been temporarily taken over by a couple of acting British ex-pats who barely speak the language,namely Mark Lewis,58 yrs,and his fellow AIM Party councillor Mick Blake,60yrs,another deputy mayor.They both stood for election last year on an anti-corruption ticket and were successfully elected to the Town Council.
Well,no one really knows how all this will play out,or whether the Madrid central government will act to resolve the matter,but it does seem to be becoming a recurring nightmare:--the Mayors of two other Alicante (province) towns--Bigastro and Zarra--were also arrested this week accused of being involved in shady deals and corruption.

One wonders if,with THIS level of Spanish corruption abounding,should they consider reconstituting the Spanish Inquisition,to lay down some harsher punishments?


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