Orihuela PP President insists she has nothing to hideFerrando imputacion

The President of the Orihuela Partido Popular, Pepa Ferrando has announced she will not appeal the decision of Orihuela Court Nº3 to charge her over alleged irregularities concerning public contracts for the FITUR tourism fair, when she was Councillor for Tourism.

She told press on Monday that although she does not agree with the charges, she does not want to delay the judicial process because she has nothing to hide. She said she has written to the judge asking to be called to declare as soon as possible.

Ferrando assured that the regional PP “knows of my absolute innocence” and President Alberto Fabra has not jeopardised her position in the local party, as some people “who only want to dirty and contaminate” have claimed.

Although Fabra has repeatedly said he will remove candidates who have been charged, Ferrando said she will stay in case a court rules in favour of the PP and CLR that their recent motion of censure should be allowed to go ahead, which would make her mayoress.

“Being charged is not being convicted,” she said.

The Socialist and Green party coalition council allege that Ferrando contracted five companies for the Orihuela stand at FITUR, all with the same administrator and even the same website, so that the contract did not have to be put out to tender.

She was accompanied by Councillor David Costa and ex Mayoress Mónica Lorente, who accused her successor, Monserrate Guillén of “fabricating political accusations”. She said she would ask for him to be held personally responsible for the costs should the Town Hall lose the case and claimed he has spent more than €150,000 on lawsuits, many of which were dropped.