The Eighth Section of the Provincial Court has issued an order by which it cites the mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, to testify as accused, for the alleged crimes of prevarication and against the fundamental rights of the opposition, for which the Prosecutor's Office asks for 15 years of disqualification for employment and public office. The order, to which this newspaper has had access, sets the beginning of the oral trial sessions against the mayor for April 21 and 22, 2021.
The cause dates back to December 2016, when the PP, then in the municipal opposition, requested an extraordinary plenary session with eight points on the agenda. However, the plenary session, with most of the issues, was not held until October 2017, after the mayor decided to suspend it in January after being called for refusing the 'popular' formation to modify the points and introduce proposed agreements. The Andalusian Advisory Council issued an opinion stating that the annulment of the extraordinary call made in January did not proceed. What happened caused the PP to decide to take the matter to court, understanding that their rights were not being respected.
Despite the fact that the mayor's legal representation appealed the order of the First Instance Court Instruction number 3 of Vélez-Málaga to open the oral trial, the First Section of the Hearing issued an order in January of this year rejecting it.
Although this newspaper tried to contact the mayor yesterday to know his position after this new car, this was not possible, although the councilor has always expressed his confidence "in Justice" and has assured to be very "calm" with this matter.
From the PP group in the opposition, Francisco Delgado, avoided making statements, despite the fact that he has retired to accuse the mayor of "democratic deficit.