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Corruption in the awarding of wind farm concessions on the Canary Islands  

News has been breaking regarding corruption on the Canary Islands linked to the generation of wind power. Recordings made of conversations between the ex General Director for Industry of the Canary Regional Government. Celso Perdomo, and several businessmen have now come to light, following the first indications of corruption dating back to 2004 and 2005.

Now the prosecutor is calling for a six year prison sentence for Perdomo.

El País reports that the corruption was revealed by the sacked General Director of the Siemeca wind company in 2005, who claimed that top members of the Canary Island Government were implicated in irregularities in the awarding of concessions for the placing of wind farms. Now the paper says that the Anti-corruption Prosecutor, Luis del Rio, has established the exchange of privileged information between Celso Perdomo and others, with the details revealed in a series of illegal emails. Perdomo is alleged to have paid 23,000 € into foreign bank accounts at the time.

Finally Celso Perdomo was sacked from his post, and the Canary Island Supreme Court ruled that the concessions awarded were no longer in place. Now a new tender is being published offering concessions for some 600 projects for wind farms on the islands.


5 April 2008

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