Who killed the mayor of Polop?
Like so many deals between "powerful", they say that everything was set in the booth of a club hostess. Among prostitutes, cocaine and whiskey bottles, a group of people decided to end the life of Alejandro Ponsoda Bou, mayor of the municipality of Polop de la Marina in Alicante. It is often said that of "small town, big hell" and although the town does not reach 5,000 inhabitants, it seems that Ponsoda was very dear among its neighbors. As a person and as a manager, since revalidated three times his mandate by the PP with an absolute majority (from 1995 to 2007). Maybe that caused the suspicion of some party partners with more desire for power than him and less scruples. This is what the Prosecutor's Office believes, which considers that behind Ponsoda's death he was intellectual author, the town councilor, Juan Cano (and who took the post of the deceased after his death), the owner of a shoe company, Salvador García (who considered that a new ford was damaging the business), and the owners of the whorehouse itself: Pedro Jesús Hermosilla and Ariel Alberto Gatto . The Public Ministry maintains that these three individuals requested three hitmen (a former inmate from Extremadura, Raúl Montero and two citizens of Czech origin: Robert Franek and Radim Rakowsk) to execute the first mayor of Polop. Cano's animosity towards Ponsoda would come for political reasons. They say that he was behind many "successes" attributed to the mayor, but, as a city councilman, he was involved in some scandals, such as the alleged requirement of a commission to a builder. Ponsoda was notified from the game of this matter and had to give a touch, something that would have enraged Cano, that he was relegated on the electoral lists but he came up once the mayor died. Both the prosecutor and the private prosecution, exerted by the family of the deceased with the legal assistance of Vicente Guerri, asked for 25 years in prison for murder with alevosía and price, in competition with an attack on the authority for the four instigators and 27 years for the three material authors, adding a crime of illegal possession of weapons. However, none of that has been proven in the trial that has been held for the past three weeks at the Provincial Court of Alicante, chaired by Judge Cristina Costa and where more than a hundred witnesses have passed between agents who participated in the investigation carried out by the Civil Guard, residents of the town, different positions of the City Council and staff of the hostess club where it would have been planned the murder that has now run out of author.
The popular jury, consisting of six men and three women, withdrew to deliberate 24 hours and on Tuesday at noon they acquitted the seven defendants of the murder of Ponsoda by considering not tested any of the 39 questions subject to the verdict that attributed the authorship of the violent death to be people in different degrees. For absolve, they have even acquitted the alleged hit men of the crime of illegal possession of weapons. Only two issues, of course, got rid of the jury's screen: that the mayor was shot dead at the doors of his house. Alejandro Polop was close to turning 55 when on October 19, 2007, parking his Renault Laguna at his home in Xirles (a Polop district), he was shot down by three shots. The Civil Guard had it clear from the beginning: that had been a commissioned murder. The UCO was put at the helm and opened several lines of investigation, which "were falling by their own weight," an agent explained during these days during the oral hearing. During the investigations, the researchers found a Messalina worker who became a protected witness and has now had to change his identity, according to the sources of the case. The guy told the famous meeting in the clubhouse where the plan was forged and where he was proposed to do so for a price of between 30 and 50,000 euros. He rejected the proposal, according to the investigation, but identified the ideologues, where Juan Cano stood out, nicknamed "The One-Eyed" by his strabatic look. Just two months later, the plan had been executed. There were no cameras, witnesses or DNA. There is no call from Cano to the hitmen, nor can they prove their presence in Xirles the night the mayor died. No direct evidence incriminated anyone. It was the "perfect crime."
A trial with threats to witnesses
Hence, the complexity of the accusations, which have based the procedure (with a summary of 42 volumes) on "index evidence," according to the victim's lawyer, Guerri, who denounces alarming situations that would have occurred in the trial. «There are witnesses who have received calls to warn them that "Careful" with what they said », maintains the particular accusation, which will appeal if the family so wishes once they have in their hands the sentence that the judge must now write. The protected witness also reported in 2010 and 2016 that he had been threatened and attempted to bribe with "a Mercedes." Guerri also describes very unpleasant moments against the family of the deceased, as during the same funeral of the victim, when the supposed ideologist, Cano, wanted to remove from the top of the coffin of Ponsoda, the baton with which they intended to bury him as a tribute . Or the shouts that one of the victim's daughters had to endure on the part of the accused when considering that he was accusing him. "It wasn't us, it was the Civil Guard investigation that led to some guilty assumptions," he says. But now everything returns to the starting point and it will be necessary to re-investigate who, if according to Justice these individuals have not been, killed Mayor Ponsoda.
The hate of "The One-eyed"
Juan Cano, whom many call "El Tuerto" in Polop de la Marina because of his vision problems, was the main suspect in orchestrating the murder of Alejandro Ponsoda. The witness protected by the Civil Guard places him in the Messalinas club together with the other three businessmen (two from the club itself and the shoemaker) on the day they made the proposal to "execute" the first mayor. It would be about 50,000 euros: half would be paid in advance and, once the plan was made, fractional payments of about 900 euros would be made. Investigators detected movements in Cano's accounts around those dates but nothing has served to prove his guilt or that of the other three supposed ideologues. The ringleader of the hitmen was not the night of cars to look for his prostitute girlfriend at the club and the woman said she had seen him nervous these days after spending the night of the crime away from home.
The other politicians killed
The "skirts messes" of councilor Ardines
Javier Ardines got into politics by vocation and decided not to collect a hard from the City of Llanes. His values, which prevented him from looking at businessmen who violated the Coastal Law, led many to believe that his murder, executed by two hit men in August 2018, was commissioned by any of these victims. But none of that. The extramarital relationship with the wife of a political cousin he unleashed his jealousy, who decided to contact two Algerians who gave him a deadly beating at the doors of his house.
The ambush of Santiago Mainar in Fago
Grima was not a well-liked mayor in Fago, a village of about twenty inhabitants in Huesca and it is said that when he died, many did not feel it. They prepared him an ambush similar to that of Ardines, for which he had to get out of the car. At that moment he was shot with a shotgun. It was January 12, 2007. Shortly after Santiago Mainar was arrested, sentenced to 21 years for the crime he executed "alone or in the company of others," according to the sentence. Attempted suicide has been attempted twice in prison.
The shots on the footbridge of the Bernesga River
Nor did the murder of Isabel Carrasco, president of the Diputación de León, arouse the compassion of some who had no scruples in writing on the bridge where she was shot down: «Here a bug died». Montserat González and Triana Martínez, mother and daughter, decided to end the life of politics in May 2014 for "hindering" the work of Triana in the Provincial Council. During the trial it was considered proven that the local police Raquel Gago helped get rid of the gun after the crime. All three were convicted.