The clean up of corruption in Spain is a slow and tedious process and often amounts to a less than anticipated result in the end. A few offenders get what they deserve, the rest wriggle their way out of it.
Ten years after taking up the case, the Castellon Provincial Court sentenced the president of the council and leader of the PP, Carlos Fabra, to four years in prison and fined him 1.4 million euros for four tax fraud offenses. Prosecutors had asked for 13 years in prison and a fine of 1.98 million.
The judge found sufficient evidence to show that Fabra had defrauded the Treasury in the years between 1999 and 2003. Fabra was acquitted of the other charges that had been brought against him.
Of course, Fabra will appeal against the sentence and in any case, he won’t be going to jail but will just be required to pay the fine.