The judge absolves the mayor of San Javier of the threats denounced by the president of Pleamar

Luengo claimed it was a “false” accusation aimed at “influencing the election result” and reserved the right to take legal action.

The First Court of San Javier has acquitted the Mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, of the crime of uttering threats, of which he was accused by the President of Pleamar, Manuel Reyes, during the confrontation between the two political opponents on the day of the municipal elections, 28 May, at the door of a polling station. The complainant stated that the mayor told him: “Politics has a limit, you’ve crossed it, I’ll come after you, you’ll crawl to me”.

The judge noted contradictory versions, as Luengo assured the court that he had told Reyes: “Manolo, politics is not everything, you behaved like a scoundrel”. The testimony of the town’s architect, Miguel Botella, the mayor’s wife, Pilar Martínez, and the Popular deputy, Carlos Albaladejo, did not lend credibility to the contents of the complaint, from which the judge deduced enmity between the two and did not consider the threats to be credible.

The trial took place on Tuesday and both the complainant, Manuel Reyes, and the accused, José Miguel Luengo, were present to testify. After testifying, the mayor of San Javier denied the facts and reserved the right to take legal action. “We understand that it was a matter of distorting or trying to influence the result on the day of the election, since he made a complaint at 5 p.m. that did not correspond to anything that had happened,” he said.

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