By Oliver McIntyre
The selling off of millions of euros’ worth of assets seized from Malaya corruption case kingpin Juan Antonio Roca got a kick-start last week with the provincial court’s approval of a €2.1 million deal for a hotel at the famous El Rocío pilgrimage site in Huelva.
The 18-room La Malvasia hotel – created in a large old house at El Rocío – was one of the numerous properties, artworks, vehicles, luxury watches, horses, antique carriages and other items listed on a recently launched website promoting the sale of Roca’s seized assets.
The buyer is a winery owner from Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz. The sale price had originally been set at €1.9 million but was boosted to €2.1 million after another offer came in thanks to the hotel “being publicised on the website ventadebienesmalaya-roca.com,” said the Málaga court in its approval of the sale.