The Office of the Environment in Las Plamas has filed a complaint with the Court of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, against the former head of the Canarian Coastal Authority José Maria Hernandez. The charge is one of administrative malfeasance (wrongdoing in public office) and forgery of official documents.
Hernandez was dismissed from his post in July, after an investigation by the Guardia Civil into irregularities in the permissions and licences granted for the project to build a beach and other amenities.
The project to convert the area into a manmade beach was authorised initially by the Ministry of the Environment, but was subject to certain conditions. The prosecution state that the head of the Coastal Authority (Hernandez) did not consider these conditions and gave a verbal order to begin the works. The senior engineer had warned him (Hernandez) by email that significant and important documents were missing and the project did not meet with the Ministerial conditions.
The engineer then refused to sign the minutes for the commencement of the work, also documenting a series of violations in writing to the General Director of Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea.
The prosecutor Javier Ródenas considers that Hernandez verbally authorised the works despite warnings of serious breaches then committed an act of forgery by drafting a document which was then signed by him in April. This document gave the impression that it was written in February when the work actually commenced.
At the beach itself a wall has now been built to protect the people living there from the high tides that are common at this time of year. Rocks have also been placed at one end to stop the sea from flooding around the wall, the work on the footpath is still going on, obviously this is being done as to leave it, it would become a safety concern.
It now remains to be seen if Hernandez had accepted any form of inducement to allow this to happen, if so this story will get much bigger. As more news comes in it will be published here.
Link to the Spanish press which ran the story.