Saturday, October 16

The judge sits Albiol on the bench for allowing the “fraudulent” installation of antennas

A judge from Badalona (Barcelona) has seated the mayor of the town, Xavier García Albiol (PP), and another seven investigated, among them the former mayor of Urbanism Oriol Lladó (ERC), for allowing the installation “fraudulent “of mobile phone antennas between 2012 and 2018.

In a car, ahead of The country and to which has had access, the judge finalizes the investigation of the case and decides that there are sufficient indications for Albiol and the rest of those investigated to go to trial for prevarication and embezzlement for having allowed the installation of antennas without a license next to the Badalona Urban Guard Police Station.

In his statement as investigated, Albiol alleged that he learned about the matter “four or five years later” through the media because, according to his version, “it is not part of the mayor’s functions to control where the antennas are installed”, despite to that already during his first term, between the years 2011 and 2015, he held the powers of Urban Planning and the granting of licenses.

Precisely the fact that as mayor he had not delegated the powers of Urban Planning to any councilor is what has earned Albiol his prosecution, unlike his successor, the current CUP parliamentarian Dolors Sabater, who had yielded them to Lladó.

The judge states that the Badalona Urban Guard warned Albiol both by letter and personally in 2012 of the irregular installation of two antennas at the police station, but that “there is no record” that the mayor “carried out any management, even informal, in relation to requests for information and withdrawal of telephone masts “.

The two antennas worked uninterruptedly until 2018, when they were withdrawn “voluntarily” by Vodafone and Telefónica “without any requirement from the Badalona City Council,” the judge abounds.

During the time the antennas were in operation, the consistory “did not receive any economic income,” adds the judge, who concludes that the companies “occupied the public domain for profit” between 2012 and 2018, something “manifestly illegal.” Nor could the City Council require companies to pay a fee as it is an installation “openly contrary to urban and environmental law,” concludes the judge.

It will be the second time that García Albiol goes to trial. In 2013 he was acquitted of the hate crime of which he was accused of distributing xenophobic pamphlets during the municipal electoral campaign of 2011.

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