Mass corruption trial opens

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The Independent Online

Ninety-five defendants, including two former mayors, packed a court in the southern Spanish city of Malaga yesterday for the opening of one of Spain's biggest corruption trials.

The trial revolves around alleged property fraud in Marbella in the mid-1990s.

The alleged mastermind, a businessman, Juan Antonio Roca, is the only defendant who has been held in custody. Former town hall officials, lawyers and business representatives are among the accused. The trial is expected to last a year.