THE BUSINESSMAN accused of trying to bribe Benitachell Mayor Josep Antoni Femenia was sentenced to two years in prison at Alicante Provincial Court earlier this week.
Fernando Jesus TL must also pay a €5,400 fine for offering the mayor €50,000 in exchange for speeding up the formalities of a lawsuit he intended to file against Benitachell council.
A majority seven of nine members of the jury found the businessman guilty for bribery.
The events date back to May 2012, when the council demolished a petrol station on the road that connects Benitachell and Javea.
The demolition was ordered Superior Court of Justice of the Comunitat Valenciana (TSJCV).
One year on, in May 2013, Jesus TL, who owned the petrol station, filed a claim for equity liability.
Another year later in August 2014, he arrived at Benitachell Town Hall and asked the mayor to go for coffee with him.
It was at this meeting that Jesus TL told the mayor he intended on filing a €150,000 lawsuit against Benitachell council for 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 Jesus TL if he was really offering him money in exchange for speeding up the formalities and he reiterated his offer.