We have set up a petition at Change.org asking the Irish Embassy to intercede with Central Government and the Junta de Andalucia on behalf of the Irish owners in Carmenes del Mar. Now we need to do the same for the other nationalities who have bought houses in Carmenes del Mar. We need volunteers of each nationality to similarly petition the British, German, Danish and other embassies in Spain. If you would like to volunteer please contact us and we will help you to set up the petition.
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 ...
Gathered here is a selection of the articles about the start of the Carmenes del Mar trial that have appeared in the Spanish press. We will be posting some English translations soon, so check back here in a couple of days,
After an at times unbelievable series of delays, the long-awaited Carmenes del Mar trial finally got under way on Friday, February 7th, in Granada's Court of First Instance. In the first of 8 sessions, the presidents of the urbanization that make up Carmenes del Mar described how, when the property owners bought their homes, they did not know that Almuñecar Town Hall had not officially accepted the urbanisation project, a step that has still not been taken 10 years later. "The houses had their Licences of First Occupation, we pay our IBI, the waste collection and electricity bills. We thought that the initial flaws were construction defects", says one of the affected owners.
Lawyers for the 8 accused have insisted that the urbanization suffered breakages and ruptured pipes, such as one in the mains water supply pipes, that the owners did not react to and repair in time and in the ...
Last night's episode of Comando Actualidad featured a segment about Carmenes del Mar. You can watch it online on the RTVE website here. The part of the program that talks about Carmenes del Mar starts 11 minutes and 20 seconds into the program.
Tune in to TVE1 at 22:30 this coming Wednesday, January 22nd, to watch a special segment featuring Carmenes del Mar. Comando Actualidad is a Spanish TV program that airs every Wednesday, and each week covers a topical issue as seen through the eyes of four street reporters. This week in "A nightmare house", they visit Ignacio and Mercedes, who continue to live in Carmenes del Mar, despite having been issued an eviction order due to the dangerous condition of their house, and Pierre, who came from Belgiium to enjoy retirement in La Herradura, and whose house has completely collapsed. You can read more about the program here.
The trial of the eight defendants in the case of Carmenes de Mar has been suspended yet again, this time due to the failure of the court video recording system. The opening session of the trial was due to take place yesterday, January 7th, in the Granada law courts, having been previously suspended last October. More than 50 witnesses, technical experts and defendants had been called to attend, as well as a dozen or so lawyers. Under existing court rules every court session must be recorded, but a fault in the recording system made that impossiible and the judge was obliged to cancel the session. Four calls were made to the Junta de Andalucia IT services personnel, in which the very high priority of the case was emphasised, but no reply, neither positive nor negative, was forthcoming.
The judge has rescheduled the case to be heard over eight session on alternate ...
Follow Ignacio and Ricardo as they visit some of the houses that have suffered catastrophic damage as a result of the instability that underlies Cerro Gordo and Carmenes del Mar.