A month and a half after the Court of First Instance and Instruction released the order to open the oral trial against the mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo (PP), the mayor of Urbanism and Housing, Nieves Atencia (PP), and seven businessmen from the construction sector of the town for the case of the illegal landfill of the Rio de la Miel, the City Council has moved token before a possible economic conviction against both political leaders. The investigating judge set an initial bond of 10.8 million euros as civil liability for the alleged environmental damage caused in the area, estimating the money to restore it at that amount.
He also gave the defendants a period of ten days to present the corresponding guarantees and guarantees to satisfy this amount. Now the Nerja Consistory, governed by a bipartisan, PP and Citizens, has announced that it will be the Nerja City Council itself «who with its guarantee will ensure the hypothetical civil liability of José Alberto Armijo and Nieves Atencia, associated with the restoration of the land of the old quarry of the Rio de la Miel, pending the completion of the procedure, "according to municipal sources in a statement.
«Based on the fact that the prosecution refers to acts that occurred in the exercise of their positions as Mayor and Councilor for the Environment, said guarantee is part of the legal defense and protection that the City Council has been providing to its members, as supported by separate reports intervention and municipal legal services ?, continues the text of the local government.
However, the Consistory argues that, "regardless of the aforementioned judicial process," it must be remembered that the Junta de Andalucía announced last August its intention to proceed with the restoration of the land of the old quarry, "within the Plan Integral Waste Management of the Andalusian Government, through the execution and financing of the sealing and reforestation project, currently being drafted, and which has a budget of less than two million euros ?.
For its part, the Association of Construction and Demolition Waste Management Companies of Andalusia (AGRECA), which exercises the private prosecution in this process, has criticized the announcements made by the Nerja City Council and the Andalusian Government. Regarding the municipal intention to face the payment of possible civil sentences, the employers of the sector have considered that, "from a purely technical point of view it seems to us a resolution of doubtful adjustment to the law, and of course, morally reprehensible."
"The citizen is made financially responsible for the personal management of a few political leaders, making everyone pay for their alleged irregularities or actions in fraud of the law," they assure from AGRECA.
About the restoration of the area by the Board they say: "It gives the impression that someone wants to cover up this alleged environmental crime before the justice system determines who are responsible for financing these works through sanctions and fines."