Former San Fulgencio councillor and ex-leader of the local PIPN party, Jeff Wiszniewski, has been barred from public office for seven years over irregularities in the awarding of a contract for providing entertainment at the La Marina fiestas in 2011.

Prosecutors said that precise details of the fiestas, including the name of the tender winner, were published on a council website in 2011 before a contract had been advertised and awarded, with three bidders in contention.

Another major issue, according to prosecutors, was that two bidders were unaware that part of the costs for entertainment would have been met by the council, and therefore they could not make a lower financial bid.

Wiszniewski, along with the winning contractor Sindi Creative Group SL, will also have to pay back San Fulgencio council a total of nine and a half thousand euro between them.

Wiszniewski always protested his innocence, but took a plea deal on a lesser charge of a crime of prevarication and a seven-year public office ban, as opposed to facing a trial on corruption charges, which faced the possibility of a two and a half year jail sentence if he was found guilty.

He did not stand for San Fulgencio council in the 2015 local elections and also resigned the presidency of the PIPN party.

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