Man who tried to bribe mayor faces prison

Man who tried to bribe mayor faces prison
33 PER CENT: The businessman offered the mayor €50,000 Photo credit Pexels

THE businessman who tried to bribe Benitachell Mayor Josep Antoni Femenia faces two years in prison.

Fernando Jesus TL will go on trial in November for allegedly offering the mayor €50,000 in exchange for speeding up the formalities of a lawsuit he intended to file against Benitachell council.

The events go back to May 2012, when the council demolished a petrol station on the road that connects Benitachell and Javea.

The demolition was ordered by the Superior Court of Justice of the Comunitat Valenciana (TSJCV).

One year on, in May 2013, the accused, who was manager of the company that owned the petrol station, filed a claim for equity liability.

Another year later in August 2014, the businessman arrived at Benitachell Town Hall and asked the mayor to go for coffee with him. It was at this meeting that Fernando Jesus TL told the mayor he intended on filing a lawsuit against Benitachell council for €150,000 of losses.

He is alleged to have said:

“After the city has paid me the €150,000, I will give you €50,000 because these processes are very long and I understand that you can shorten the process.”

The mayor told the prosecution that he asked the accused if he was really offering him money in exchange for speeding up the formalities and the businessman reiterated his offer.

The mayor refused and left the establishment.

Fernando Jesus TL faces two years in prison and a €5,400 fine for bribery.

The trial will be held between November 20 and 23 in the Audiencia of Alicante.

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