Fugitive Malaya convict arrested in Venezuela

Andrés Liétor went on the run to avoid serving jail sentence

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Andres Liétor when he was in police custody during the Malaya case Photo EFE archive

By Oliver McIntyre

A businessman who was convicted in the Malaya corruption case but went on the run rather than serving his prison time has been arrested in Venezuela.

Police officials said last week that Andrés Liétor, who had warrants out for his arrest in relation to his Malaya conviction as well as two other cases, was detained in the South American country on June 22. The public prosecutor in Málaga has requested his extradition.

In the Malaya case, centred on corruption linked to Marbella town hall, Liétor was sentenced to four years and four months in prison on charges including bribery, money laundering and fraud. He was also issued a fine of €4 million.

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