Friday, 8 October 2010
Sir Sean Connery ordered to appear before a Spanish court next week - Telegraph
Sir Sean Connery ordered to appear before a Spanish court next week - Telegraph: "Scottish actor and his second wife, the French artist Micheline Roquebrune are to be questioned about the 1999 sale of their beachside home on the Costa del Sol.
The home was sold for a report £5.5 million and a developer later used the site to build a four-storey holiday block containing 72 holiday apartments that were later sold for an estimated £45 million.
law firm Diaz-Bastien & Truan and several former local council officials are also being investigated over alleged irregularities in the reclassification of the land after the actor sold it.
Investigators suspect the council may be owed nearly £2.4 million. Spanish police carried out raids on the Marbella and Madrid offices of the law firm and reportedly seized 30,000 documents as part of an operation allegedly code-named 'Goldfinger' after the 1964 Bond film starring Sir Sean.
Neither Sir Sean or his wife have been charged with any offence although earlier this year they were asked to pay a £2.75 million deposit to the court. It is not known if the deposit has been paid."