News has just come in from El Diario Canarias Ahora that the prosecutor’s office have requested three and half years imprisonment for the former head of the Canarian Coastal Authority, José María Hernández de León.
The prosecution allege that the former Head of Costas illegally authorised the construction of the artificial beach at Tauro without the promoter of the project (Anfi) having fulfilled the condition required by law.
These works were to build an artificial beach using 70,000 tonnes of imported sand from Western Sahara. It was the first works of its kind that the Coastal Authority, part of the Environment Ministry had authorised in 25 years.
The indictment presented to the Court of Instruction number 3 of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, denounces that the then head of the Costas José María Hernández de León, allowed these works to begin knowing that Anfi had not complied with the conditions demanded, then falsified the documents so that it appeared everything was legal and they had complied with the ministry.
The Public Prosecutor demands that Hernández de Léon should be tried as a perpetrator for the crime of prevarication (being intentionally dishonest) with forgery of an official document. Along with the sentence of three and a half years in prison, they are also calling for ten years of disqualification for public employment and a fine of 18,750 euros.
It certainly looks like the Public Prosecutor is calling for a severe punishment, it now remains to be seen if the ex chief of the Costas puts forward any evidence which could implicate Anfi in any wrongdoing. With such a sentence hanging over him he may just want to mitigate this by plea bargaining and save himself.
As usual only time will tell, Inside Timeshare will bring you the news as and when it comes in. This story is by no means over.
Link to the El Diario article.
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