If there is a date burned into the existence of Julian Muñoz, it is July 19 of 2006, the day the former mayor was arrested when he was leaving “Mi gitana”, the chalet he shared with Isabel Pantoja in the urbanization La Pera de Marbella.
A journalist, the only one who stood guard first thing in the morning on a hot summer day, blurted out a question at him as she pulled the car out of the garage: “Julian, do you know they are going to arrest you this morning? “
He had been living in the luxurious chalet for three years with Isabel Pantoja, the woman for whom he had left Maite Zaldivar, by his side for twenty-five years and the mother of his two daughters.
The tonadillera was the cause of his happiness and misfortune. He didn’t have time to think of anything else; A dark-colored BMW passed him and crossed in front, forcing him to a sharp halt. In just a few seconds he was surrounded by half a dozen National Police cars and was put into a Citroen C5 while a voice with an Andalusian accent sang his rights, announcing that “by order of Judge Torres we are going to proceed, in his presence, to the search of his house”.
Julián Muñoz, at 58, became the most mediatic detainee of the fifty who, before him, had been brought to justice since the judge Miguel Angel Torres placeholder image the instruction of the casso Malaya.
His arrest along with three promoters of the real estate AIFOS and Pedro Pérez, a councilor from the Andalusian Party, was considered part of the second phase of Operation Malaya.
It would not be until a few months later, in November 2003, when the third phase began with the arrest of his ex-wife, Maite Zaldívar, and eight other people, including one of his brothers.
The mother of her two daughters, Eloísa and Elia, captained the last raid of the operation, and while Spain was tearfully witnessing the images of her daughters, crying and running after the car that was carrying their mother handcuffed, a van left the Jaen jail in the direction of the capital’s surgical medical hospital with Muñoz in serious condition.
Maite, who like Isabel Pantoja, was being investigated by the Tax Agency would be accused of money laundering for a series of transfers made from a tax haven to her accounts after separating from Julian Muñoz.
That was reason enough for Isabel Pantoja to launch a statement in “Where are you heart”, through her friend Chelo García-Cortés, in which she assured that if the accusations against Zaldívar were true.
“I have been deceived for three years. Julián Muñoz has told me that he had no money. During this time I have worked to support him and my family and was unaware of the existence of any account open abroad.”
The tonadillera was erected as a victim and concluded her statement stating that “I am going through a bitter moment. After three years of living together, if this is true, I consider myself a victim”.
Shortly after, he would go to see his partner in jail for the first time since his arrest to ask for an explanation for sending money to his ex-wife, something the former mayor always denied having done.
In May 2007, Isabel Pantoja was following the same path that they had followed before Muñoz and Zaldívar, on her way to the Malaga police station to be questioned.
Her arrest was part of a separate piece, known as the Blanqueo case and instructed by the same Granada judge. The Marbella mayor would respond to the arrest of his gypsy woman by starring in a hunger strike that began and ended in six days, without giving explanations about why.
Now the time has come to speak and the former mayor breaks his silence on Telecinco, a chain that will broadcast a documentary series that aims to achieve a new audience success such as the one starring Rocío Carrasco
The “Malaya Operation”, which was the protagonist of social and political news from 2003, the date on which Julián Muñoz was arrested, until November 2014, the date on which he entered prison Isabel Pantoja to serve a two-year prison sentencel, continues to hook audiences almost two decades later.
Proof of this is the announcement of the next broadcast of the docuseries produced by one of the production companies owned by Mediaset.
The journalist Paloma García-Pelayo, sister of Julián Muñoz’s representative, she is the author of the interview with the former mayor on which the documentary that will be broadcast at the beginning of the year revolves.
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