Mayor overthrown for not passing urban
September 26, 2008 | Regional News
A MAYOR who defrauded the town hall of Gaucin and three councillors
under investigation for corruption have regained control of
Gaucin town hall.
Teodoro de Molina
Current socialist mayor Teodoro de Molina has been overthrown
by a pact between the PA party and the PP party.
New mayor from the PP party Francisco Ruiz has joined ranks
with the former mayor Francisco Corbacho, who was convicted
of corruption last year.
Ruiz claimed that the decision to break his partys
pact with the PSOE was due to paralysis in the mountain town.
He said: It seems the town is being ruined and no-one
wants to do anything.
He said his view was based on the fact that during the year
of his partys pact with the PSOE almost no new urban
projects had been passed.
Molina defended his position by claiming that when he had
become mayor last year, the town hall was 2.5 million euros
He added that he had instead been concentrating on trying
to restore honesty and legality to the town after
a long cycle of scandals and corruption.
Earlier this year former mayor Francisco Corbacho was convicted
of misdirecting public funds from the town hall coffers.
He was fined 2700 euros and banned from public office for
seven years, after the court heard how he had syphoned off
200,000 euros for his own use.
The court heard how he had written a series of cheques in
January 2003, which he then cashed.
He claimed he was buying land for the town hall, but the
money was not returned for months. The punishment has yet
to be ratified and he has appealed against the conviction.
He is also currently under investigation, along with four
other councillors from the PA party, for awarding illegal