‘Goldfinger’ case goes to trial

Sean Connery faces no charges; wife Micheline Roquebrune to be tried at a later date, separate from main suspects in the case

Julián Muñoz, front, and Juan Antonio Roca to his left on the first day of the trial (Photo: EFE)

By Oliver McIntyre

THE so-called ‘Goldfinger’ case, involving alleged town planning and tax evasion in relation to the development of a property previously owned by Scottish actor Sean Connery and his wife Micheline Roquebrune, went to trial on Monday.

Neither Sean Connery nor Mrs Roquebrune is on trial. The former James Bond actor faces no charges in the case, while Mrs Roquebrune, who faces tax fraud charges, will be tried separately from the 18 principal suspects and no trial date for her has yet been set.

Former Marbella mayor Julián Muñoz and former Marbella town planning boss Juan Antonio Roca, both currentlyserving jail terms for previous convictions, faced four and eight years in prison, respectively, going into the trial. However, on the first day of the proceedings Sr Muñoz pleaded guilty and accepted a one-year sentence for a town planning charge, and a still to be determined sentence for a fraud charge.

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