The mayor of Tolox, Juan Vera, who has more than twenty cases under appeal or pending trial, has been sentenced to 15 months in jail and disqualified from public office for ten years for urban planning violations.
The Provincial Court of Málaga has confirmed the sentence passed down by the Criminal Court Number 8 in Málaga in January 2014.
This is the second such judgement for the mayor of Tolox in recent months and, as a result of two final judgements with prison sentences attached, he could actually end up serving jail time.
Juan Vera, mayor of Tolox since 2003, announced he would be resigning after the first conviction but did not specify when that would actually happen.
He has already been convicted of several offences, including receiving a 12 month jail sentence and 8 year disqualification from public office in September 2012, but these are under appeal. In total, Juan Vera has more than twenty complaints against him for urban planning crimes, these divided into one acquittal, several convictions under appeal and more than a dozen pending trial.
The Mayor maintains his innocence in all the cases, past and present.