On the opening day of the Carmenes del Mar trial the spokesperson for the Izquierda Unida political party in Almuñecar, Fermín Tejero, showed his support for the "victims of a political corruption based on speculation and easy money" when he declared his "indignation at seeing how the promoter of Carmenes del Mar are trying to blame the property owners for the situation in which they find themselves."
For the IU spokesman, "Crimenes (Crimes) del Mar is the result of a close collaboration between corrupt politicians, promoters anxious for easy money, and technicians willing to sell themselves to the highest bidder. It is unacceptable that all of those politically responsible for the development are passing the buck and saying, with monumental cowardice, that it wasn't them. It is indecent that the promoters, a family of multimillionaires, accuse the buyers of the properties of not having adequately maintained the urbanization. And it is shameful that the technicians are passing the ball between one another, acknowledging that they signed documents that they didn't write."
Tejero places the greatest political responsibility firmly at the feet of those in charge at the Junta de Andalucia and the Almuñecar Town Hall during those years. "The Junta is to blame for having ceded in to the pressure of others to grant permission to build in a nature reserve in which no brick should have been lain. The Town Hall is to blame for having put the pressure on, together with the promoter, to twist the arm of the Junta." The spokesman for the IU singled out the ex-mayor Juan Carlos Benavides as "the mayor who worked actively over many years to overcome the resistance of the Junta."
Fermín Tejero hopes that justice will be done and those truly responsible will be condemned, and that "the promoter will be obliged to pay, together with the politicians and technicians who collaborated in this double swindle against the environment and the property buyers."