Andratx is a mini-Marbella l Balearic environmental group GOB, which has reported Hidalgo for allegedly breaking planning laws on no less than 40 separate occasions, claimed yesterday that the corruption scandal gripping Andratx is just the one which has rocked Marbella, although on a slightly smaller scale. GOB spokesperson Miguel Angel March said while an estimated 30'000 properties have apparently been built illegaly in Marbella, the figure in Andratx is between “500 and 1000”.

Media frenzy l Over 50 members of the local and national press spent yesterday camped out at the courts in Palma eagerly awaiting the arrival of the three suspects as the Andratx scandal continues to grip the nation.

Matas picked Massot on experience l Balearic president Jaume Matas said yesterday he hired Jaume Massot for the post of Balearic Director General for Planning because of his “experience.” Matas said yesterday that he “obviously” was not interested in Massot´s private business activities.

Government is not involved l Balearic vice-president Rosa Estaras replied to opposition leader Francesc Antich's call for a full investigation into the Balearic government by pointing out that the government, just like central government, has no planning powers and accused Antich of deliberately trying to confuse the public for political gain.

The Balearic government gave up its planning powers some 15 years ago, handing over to the Council of Majorca.
Resignation accepted l Andratx Council yesterday officially accepted the resignation of Hidalgo. In his resignation letter the ex-Mayor said that he was resigning in the best interests of the local council.


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