New investigations into Marbella land once owned by Sean Connery

Lawyers offices were raided by police in Marbella and Madrid on Thursday


National Police on Thursday simultaneously registered the offices of the law firm Díaz-Bastien & Truan, both in Marbella and in the Torre Picasso in Madrid.

Europa Press reports that the raids were carried out on the orders of Instruction Court 1 in Marbella, but there are no reports of any arrests. The agency says the raids are thought to be linked to Juan Antonio Roca, the ex Municipal Real Estate Assessor in Marbella, and the reclassification of land where Scottish actor Sean Connery built his famous villa, ‘Malibu’.

Connery spent his summers there with his wife until he left Marbella in 1999, critical of the changes and massive building being seen in the town.

The Connery villa is no longer on the land. Now it is occupied by a four story building, known by the same ‘Malibu’ name.

El Mundo reports that the lawyers who have been searched negotiated with Jesús Gil and Juan Antonio Roca, for the reclassification of the lands where the villa originally stood, allowing the four story building to be constructed.

The El Mundo archives show that the paper reported in September 15 1999 that the then Partido Andalucista spokesman, Carlos Fernández, denounced ‘a speculative manoeuvre’ to build the 70 apartments on the site, although he did not finally place his complaint in court. Fernández is himself now a fugitive from justice, implicated in the Malaya case. At the time he said that Connery received 800 million pesetas for the sale of his property.

On Friday it was revealed that 5 lawyers from the office have been called to declare before the judge at the end of May, as is Sean Connery and his wife, Micheline Roquebrune.

Speaking in London to 'The Times', Connery's wife denied the couple had anything to do with any money laundering, saying all they did was sell the property.