Spanish economic crimes unit identifies corruption in Aznalcollar zinc and lead mine tender

Spain’s economic crimes taskforce has identified several instances of corruption in the tender for the mining licence for the Aznalcollar zinc and lead project in Andalusia, one of the bidders in the process announced on Thursday September 17.

The Economic and Fiscal Crimes Unit (UDEF) began investigating the tender, which was won by Minorbis-Grupo Mexico, after rival bidder Emerita Resources Corp appealed the result in courts in Seville in February. In a report submitted to the courts, the UDEF concluded that the tender was fraudulently awarded to Minorbis, and, acting on UDEF’s recommendations, the presiding judge in the case has imputed seven senior government officials in relation to charges of...


Mark Burton

September 18, 2015

08:59 GMT