STAFF REPORTER

WITH a spate of corruption scandals rocking the country, the Balearic Islands has shown that it is not immune - some 20 politicians in the region are now implicated in cases related to property sales and construction deals yet to come to Court.

The most high-profile figures in the Islands to be summoned to testify are the ex Balearic President, Jaume Matas who was in power at the time of the construction of Palma's sports and multi-purpose Arena, and Maria Antoni Munar - currently the Speaker of the Balearic Parliament. Courts wish to hear her testify about her part in the sale of a property known as Can Domenge which reportedly sold for less than half its current market value.

Meanwhile, another ex Balearic president, Gabriel Cañellas is on the list of the Public Prosecutor who has ordered that he make clear to the Court the part he played in alleged irregular dealings in the municipality of Andratx. Emerging scandals in the Islands which have already hit the pages of national newspapers include the case of the Son Oms estate close to the airport where a Balearic MP has reportedly made personal profit from the urbanisation of land and “commission” on allocation of industrial units. Investigations are continuing into the Scala case where certain companies are alleged to have benefited from the misappropriation of 5 million euros.

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