The former socialist mayor of Sabadell (Barcelona) Manuel Bustos entered the Lledoners prison this Wednesday afternoon to serve the prison sentence imposed in one of the pieces of the Mercurio corruption case, which ended his political career in the year 2012.
The Barcelona Court had given Bustos a month in December to choose the penitentiary to enter to serve a sentence of three years in prison and 16 years of disqualification for two crimes of influence peddling for having agreed with the chiefs of the police Sabadell local with the withdrawal of traffic fines from his wife and children. The Supreme Court had ratified in March the sentence of the Audiencia of Barcelona, thus opening the door to his entry into jail. It was the third conviction for corruption of Bustos in the Mercurio case.
The magistrates confirmed the entry into prison of the former mayor of Sabadell by not appreciating “exceptional circumstances” that justified the suspension of the prison sentence requested by Bustos. The exedil already has three convictions for the Mercurio case, and has another pending trial in which the Prosecutor’s Office asks him for eight years in prison for corruption.
The first conviction of Bustos was for having interceded so that a managerial position was granted by public competition in the Montcada and Reixac City Council (Barcelona) to a person related to the PSC. He managed to stay out of prison in exchange for taking a corruption prevention course. The last conviction was not as the author of a crime, but as a beneficiary of the corruption of the Sabadell waste consortium, which paid him a trip to the PSOE congress in 2012. Bustos returned the money.
But Bustos has not been able to go to jail and, almost nine years after the Mercurio case broke out, he has been admitted to a penitentiary for the withdrawal of traffic fines. The entry into the Bustos prison comes a few weeks after another former socialist politician convicted of a corruption plot, the former mayor of Santa Coloma de Gramenet Bartomeu Muñoz, also entered prison to serve his sentence.
The defense of Bustos had alleged the low amount (333.5 euros) of the fines and that he had returned the money to consider that it was not a case of corruption. The court disagreed and warned that the case could not be “trivialized”. “The economic benefit was really negligible, but his performance was a gratuitous discredit for the public administration caused by the authority with the highest municipal rank such as the mayor, who used it for his own benefit,” the Chamber stressed.
Source: ElDiario.es – ElDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.
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