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Judge guilty of bribery restored to Spanish court

Judge guilty of bribery restored to Spanish court

Spain's Supreme Court says a judge convicted of accepting bribes while on duty can return to work.
Francisco Javier de Urquia has completed a 21-month suspension for accepting (EURO)73,800 ($95,120) from a former Marbella urban development department official.
While a person with a criminal record cannot be appointed as a judge in Spain, there is no provision to stop one from meting out justice if breaches are committed and atoned for while on the bench, according to a court ruling released Thursday.
The original conviction handed down by a court in Andalucia found De Urquia, a regional court judge, had accepted money from Juan Antonio Roca in exchange for judicial favors.
Days after De Urquia received the money, he is said to have ordered a local TV station to halt the airing of a documentary on Roca's alleged corrupt activities while in Marbella city hall.
De Urquia's return may be short-lived, however, because he is yet to be sentenced for another case where he was found guilty of accepting (EURO)60,000 ($77,334) to grant bail to three suspects in a case of drug money laundering.


Updated : 2020-12-04 19:36 GMT+08:00