Faro mayor accused of illegalities

The Supreme Administrative Court (STA) has determined the guilt of Macário Correia in violation of the Land Management Plan for the Algarve and the Municipal Master Plan in 2006 while Mayor of Tavira. Correia has appealed against his loss of mandate as Faro Mayor.

Revoking “the judgments of the South Central Administrative Court and the Administrative and Fiscal Court of Loulé”, STA has declared that Correia was in violation of serious planning laws.

Currently the Mayor of Faro, Correia is accused of committing “various illegalities” of which “are the most serious form of violation of the existing urban laws” relating to several projects from 2006.

Findings show that Correia had acted illegally and broken laws relating to various planning permission grants. He allegedly also had supportive opinions written out from Câmara staff to back up all of his dealings, which led STA to say Macário Correia “acted with a high degree of guilt”.

In a statement of clarification appealing his conviction on Monday, the Mayor of Faro states that STA’s decision “is inconsistent” with the other three courts who previously ruled in his favour.

“I was elected with total dedication to the people who I swore to serve and I will continue to do so until pending clarifications prove otherwise,” he concluded. A verdict is now awaited.