The judge investigating the case of the alleged purchase of votes in Mojácar (Almería) released this Friday with charges the six people arrested last Wednesday for their relationship with the alleged plot dismantled by the Civil Guard. All remain under investigation for a crime of electoral fraud in a case that remains under summary secrecy.
Among the detainees were number two and number five on the PSOE list for the town, who were suspended from membership by the party as soon as the facts became known. The alleged plot, according to the investigation, offered up to 100 euros to migrant neighbors in exchange for their vote. In addition to politicians, businessmen and other mediators were involved. In addition to the detainees, three other citizens of different foreign nationalities also remain under investigation, according to sources from the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA).
The six detainees were received with applause as they left the Vera courts after going to court. All, according to the same sources, have accepted their right not to testify. In addition, one of them has been imposed as a precautionary measure the prohibition to leave the national territory. On Thursday another of the detainees was released with charges, Fernando Moyano, who this Friday explained to the TVE journalist Fernando Ballesteros that he declared before the judge that it was logical that he had propaganda and envelopes because he was one of those in charge of distributing door-to-door electoral paraphernalia. The interview, which was recorded by a third person and broadcast via WhatsApp and social networks in the Andalusian town, was preceded by the message: “We are going to flood the networks with the video, let the truth be known, we have a few hours.” Before being broadcast on public television, Moyano questioned the police action and that similar complaints filed by the PSOE had not been investigated, as Ballesteros explained to this newspaper.
The Socialist candidate for mayor, Manuel Zamora, acknowledged that he himself had filed another complaint for alleged electoral fraud in the purchase of votes and fraudulent use of the census by the PP at the Civil Guard barracks in La Garrucha and accompanied him with photographs of the mayoress with one of the beneficiaries of the food baskets distributed by the municipal social services with an electoral envelope and five others prepared on the table.
Moyano told the TVE journalist that the investigation did not begin more than a month ago due to the complaint by the current mayor Rosa María Cano (PP), but three months before, since the investigators showed them images captured from meetings of some detainees. The interviewee has justified these meetings in the campaign strategy and how the electoral distribution zones were going to be distributed to do door-to-door. He has also acknowledged that he stated that he had brought vote-by-mail envelopes from people close to him. The TSJA sources insist that the investigation began a month ago as a result of a complaint filed by a politician who had been approached by a private citizen.
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