The mayor of Mogán and two councillors arrested in Gran Canaria

2020/09/17 17:41:54 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

The Guardia Civil has carried out proceedings this morning against the Mogán City Council and has arrested the mayor, Onalia Bueno, the first deputy mayor, Mencey Navarro, and Tania Alonso, councillor of the Government group (Ciuca-CC), by order of the Court of Instruction number 3 of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, that instructs proceedings for an alleged electoral fraud for the ‘purchase of votes’ in the last elections and those in 2015.

As confirmed by sources from the Guardia Civil, this morning the municipal offices of the Mogán City Council were searched, all computers were shut down and backed up on servers and then confiscated by order of the aforementioned court. At this time, it is unknown what day and at what time the three alleged detainees will be brought to justice.

Onalia Bueno has been investigated on several occasions before for possible fraud and vote buying in different electoral processes. She has already been investigated in 2015, and in 2019 Nueva Canarias filed another complaint for the possible purchase of votes in the municipal elections. Bueno was previously arrested in 2007 under the Gondola operation, and was also accused of several crimes, including electoral fraud by buying votes from residents of Mogán.

As a result of that arrest, she left the Partido Popular, returning to politics at the hands of Ciuca and challenging Francisco Gonzalez for mayor. In the last municipal and regional elections, Onalia Bueno reached an agreement with the Coalición Canaria to stand in the elections, being re-elected as mayor of the municipality, a position in which she has held since 2011.