EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT MARBELLA

Lawyer José Cosín, who has just published “Mafia y Corrupción: El gilismo que no muere” (Mafia and Corruption: The Gilism that doesn’t die) about the Jesús Gil years in Marbella, told the El Mundo daily newspaper in an interview last week that everyone – from the Junta de Andalucia in Sevilla down – know what was going on in Marbella. According to Cosín, who has lived in Marbella for the past five years but was not born there, only a non-native could write the true story of the town during the Gil years: “Anyone of importance on the political or economic scene couldn’t do it because they were all in cahoots.” And the ordinary man and woman in the street could do absolutely nothing about it “because they had been abandoned by the very people who were supposed to help them”. Over the past 15 years, Cosín said, more than 1,000 licences for irregular works were handed out and more than 30,000 illegal buildings were built. He pointed out that the Junta turned a blind eye because it could collect ar least €25,000 in taxes for every building. He also said that at least 50,000 people had had some kind of a relationship with the Gil administration. “Many of them still work in public administration”, he said. In the last chapter of his book, he reports on “Gil practices” that are still going on in the town.

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