The former mayor of Granada and 16 others accused of urban crimes are tried



The courts of Granada welcome since Monday the trial of former mayor José Torres Hurtado (PP) and 16 others accused of urban crimes in the Serrallo case, in which they are summoned to testify another 77 witnesses or experts for two months.

The Court of Instruction 2 of Granada issued the order to open an oral trial in May 2018 against former Mayor Torres Hurtado and the local government board that, in 2012, voted in favor of complementary uses for a plot destined for a green area together to the Serrallo center, where a disco was authorized.

The former mayor Torres Hurtado will be tried for crimes against land use planning, contracting fraud, common prevarication, urban prevarication, influence peddling and embezzlement of public flows, the same for which his then Town Planning, Isabel Nieto, will be which also adds that of falsehood in an official document.

In total, about 80 witnesses and experts will pass through the courtroom before the parties present their provisional findings and the defendants can exercise their right to the last word. The case will be seen for sentencing predictably in April.

In its provisional brief, the Prosecutor's Office requested eight years in prison, 36 and a half years of disqualification and a fine of 522,000 euros for former Mayor Torres Hurtado, who was his Town Planning Councilor, Isabel Nieto; former Director of Works Manuel Lorente, and promoter García Arrabal.

And he asks for six and a half years' imprisonment for some high-ranking urban planning offices and another two years in jail for the former Director of Urban Planning and the one who was the City Controller at the time of the events.

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