Andalucia’s High Court sentenced Marbella judge Javier de Urquia last Thursday to two years in jail for bribery and perverting the course of justice, and banned him from all forms of legal work for 17 years. The court accepted a confession made by Juan Antonio Roca – the man considered to be the brains by the Malaya corruption case in Marbella – that he had paid Urquia €73,800 in cash in 2006 to pass a guilty sentence for a man Roca knew to be innocent. The 17-year ban on legal work effectively ends what was considered a brilliant career. Urquia turns 40 later this month.


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