The former mayors of Bigastro, José Joaquín Moya and Raul Valerio Medina have been subpoenaed to testify as defendants in court at Orihuela on the 9th of June.
On this occasion they will have to clarify the contract they made with legal advisers between 2007 and 2011. During that period, monthly payments of about 3,000 euros per month were made to the same firm of solicitors. The PP have therefore accused the two of them of fraud and embezzlement because there is no evidence of the obligatory tender required for council contracts over 18,000 euros.
The judge has asked for copies of invoices and contracts during the previous term and the current term of office. The former secretary, Antonio Saseta has also been called to testify.
Raul Valerio Medina says that at first there was a minor contract with the law firm. When it became apparent that payments would be regular, he asked the secretary to regularise it by putting the work out to tender. For her part, Charo Bañuls says that everything the PP has done since taking office has been legal and above board.