El Ejido corruption case boils over

Calls to jail ex-council officials for 1,100 years as opposition accuses ruling PP of ‘looking the other way’

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Juan Enciso, ex-mayor of El Ejido, during a recent press conference at which he protested his innocence

By David Jackson

El Ejido council has asked for jail terms totalling 1,100 years to be handed down to the ex-mayor and 66 other people who are accused of stealing hundreds of millions of euros from the town coffers.

The ex-mayor of El Ejido Juan Enciso, along with his budget comptroller José Alemán, stand at the front of a list of 65 people charged with conspiring to defraud the town over a seven-year period from 2002-2009.

The town of El Ejido along with the Izquierda Unida (IU) political party are appearing for the victims in the proceedings. The council has requested the legal maximum of 22 years in jail for Enciso and €78 million in compensation to be repaid to the town.

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