Maracena (Granada) (EFE).- The mayoress of Maracena (Granada), Berta Linares (PSOE), has assured that she does not know if the kidnapping of the mayor Vanessa Romero can be related to an alleged case of urban corruption that she threatened to denounce and He has linked the event to the mental health problems of his partner, detained for these events.
The Civil Guard continues to investigate what happened this Tuesday morning when councilor Vanessa Romero, after leaving her children at the school in the town of Atarfe, was kidnapped by the mayoress’s boyfriend, who put her in the trunk of a car at gunpoint
The mayor managed to escape by opening the seats of the vehicle and asked a neighbor for help before reporting what happened.
The mayoress of Maracena has appeared at a press conference and, visibly moved, has assured that she had “no knowledge that this was happening” and has insisted on relating the kidnapping to the psychological and psychiatric state in which her partner was and for the that he was receiving treatment: “The issue of mental health, when someone is ill, is unpredictable,” he indicated.
Asked about the possible relationship of what happened with a supposed urban “plot” in the municipality, the councilor has assured that she has been in the City Council for more than 15 years, first as a councilor and now as mayoress, and that there has never been “a scandal” and that both the Court of Accounts and the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF) have always carried out audits without pronouncements to the contrary.
“I am not aware that there is anything, nor that anything is being planned,” stressed the mayoress when asked about the possible link with a corruption complaint and explained that she did not have a “so close” relationship with her partner – with whom he did not live- so that he knew in detail what was happening in the Consistory.
Regarding the relationship with his councillors, Linares said that, as in any company, there are “good and bad moments, of tension”, and that when a file is approved, there are “disputes” but also dialogue, so there is no finds a justification for what happened: “There is no reason to go against her or against any councilwoman,” she pointed out.
The mayoress, who has not yet been able to speak directly with the mayor Vanessa Romero -who currently had powers for the 2030 Agenda, but who previously had them in the Urban Planning Department- has also said that she knows that this matter will be “used politically”, although this is not an issue that concerns you right now.
“I am with her, with her pain, with the fear that she is going through (…) We are going to be with my partner and we are going to get where we have to go. I will be on the side of justice, with whatever legal consequences it may have”, assured the mayoress, who cannot explain what could have gone through the mind of her partner, with whom she had been with for nearly two years and with whom she has decided not to. move on in the relationship.
“Knowing this, I am not going to continue with this person, for me and for my daughters, I am not going to forgive or allow any type of violence,” he stressed.
Although Linares does not intend to give any “distorted image” or “trivialize” about mental health, she has said that her sentimental partner, who lives in Malaga, was undergoing treatment for the depression he suffered, but that neither she nor anyone could imagine that he was going to commit an act like the one that occurred. She was also unaware that she could have a weapon.
“I am a peaceful person. Like any woman, if she had seen any type of violence, she would have cut off (the relationship)”, continued the mayoress, who made herself available to the Civil Guard from the outset, who accompanied her to her home -where she changed the lock – and offered protection to both her and her daughters.
Sources of the Civil Guard have informed EFE that the arrested person will continue in the premises of the armed institute at least until this Thursday.