Real estate corruption trial opens in Spain

From Global Edge

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One of the largest corruption trials in Spanish history opened last week focusing on allegations that a number of high-profile public figures took bribes in return for approving developer planning applications.

Ninety-five defendants are on trial, including two former mayors, 15 town councilors and a German aristocrat.

At the center of the case is the former Marbella town planner and businessman Juan Antonio Roca, a man the Spanish media has dubbed "Mr Big."