This Thursday the mayor of Manilva (Malaga), Mario Jiménez (Manilva Commitment), and the former mayor, Antonia Muñoz (IU), they will be tried along with five other people for alleged crimes of prevarication and embezzlement for alleged irregularities in the transfer of municipal funds to the urban entity The Hacho when Muñoz was the first mayor.

The holding of the oral hearing was scheduled for last May, but the mayor was in that hospitalized momentTherefore, the attorneys for the accused considered that the trial should be postponed to be held in unity of action; while the prosecutor maintained that two hearings could be held. Finally, the Living room accepted the defense argument.

This case is one of the pieces in which the ex-mayor and other members of municipal corporations of Manila of recent years and refers to an alleged transfer of funds between 2009 and 2012 from the City Council to the Urban Entity collaborator ‘The Hacho’; as well as the management and procedures followed for it.

The Office of the Prosecutor initially requests eight years in prison for the ex-mayor, accusing her of said crimes on an ongoing basis; while for the mayor and four other people he asks for four years in prison and 17 years of disqualification for employment or public office. Likewise, an adviser is accused, for whom the public prosecutor asks that seven years of jail.

The public prosecutor provisionally understands that, “with full knowledge of its illegality and despite the opposition of the Municipal Treasury, the Intervention and the Social Security Treasury”, both Muñoz and the governing board, where the current mayor was , ordered a series of payment order operations “for non-budgeted items” from the City Council to ‘The Hacho’.

These payment orders were approved by decree by the then mayor and referred to different concepts, “Not stating” in some cases, loans should be made by the City Council to said urban entity. In addition, it is noted that several of these transfers were made at the request of the prosecuted legal advisor.

Likewise, the accusation points out in its provisional brief, to which it has had access Europa Press, that two transfers were approved by the local government board – in which the current councilor was present – “knowing the wrongdoing” and containing reports to the contrary. The prosecutor asks as civil liability that the seven defendants and the urban entity El Hacho compensate the City Council with 217.159,67 euros.

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