Sewage Fraud Trial

Sunday, May 12, 2019
By Martin Myall

NRJ Raw Sewage OutletThe present and previous mayors of Nerja will have to appear before the judge over the sewage water being pumped into the sea.

Mayor Rosa Arrabal (PSOE) and the Mayor between 1995 and 2015, José Alberto Armijo (PP), as well as six councillors, are due to declare before the magistrate at the Torrox law courts, Judge Laura Crossa Gil, starting with the ex-Mayor on the 26th of May.

Following this appearance will be the Councillor for Infrastructure under the Armijo administration, José Alberto Tomé (PP) the present day councillor of that area, José María Rivas (PSOE).

To cut a long story short, the others cited to declare are: (PP) Mari Nieves Atencia and José Miguel Jimena; the Councillor for the Environment, Jorge Bravo (IU);  and Mayor, Rosa Arrabal (PSOE). Finally, amongst those politicians is the Councillor for Beaches between 2007 and 2011, Jonathan Méndez (PP).

But it is not only politicians because the successive Heads of the area Water Board (Aguas de Narixa), Enrique Silva and Juan Ángel Poyatos, are also going to appear before the magistrate.

These people have been investigated within police-operation Vastum, thanks to a ‘denuncia‘ lodged by the Ecologistas en Acción before the Environmental Unit of the Guardia Civil (Seprona).

The ecologist group considers that fraud has been committed since 2011 following the introduction of the regional law, Aguas de Andalucía, which authorised a special tax (canon) to be levied on domestic water bills for the treatment of sewage, despite a complete absence of the necessary installations for such sewage treatment.

(News: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)

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One Response to “Sewage Fraud Trial”

  1. AlanHallows

    When can we ever trust those who are well paid to look after the interests of the rate payer – after all, we do pay for their salaries.

    This type of thing is called very simply, stealing.

    If proven to be guilty, then a repayment of all that was stolen, plus interest. I say interest, as, if we are late to pay our garage tax or anything else for that matter, interest is added immediately.

    Repayment should be followed by a hefty prison sentence and barred from holding any public office for the rest of their lives. All pension rites should be made void.

    An example must be made sooner rather than later. Heavy penalties will then , I hope, stop this stealing.


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