Connery summoned to court in Operation Goldfinger

| 15/10/2010

(Guardian): Sir Sean Connery and his wife, Micheline, have been summoned to appear in court in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in a corruption case. The summons are the result of an investigation that the authorities dubbed Operation Goldfinger and centre around the 1998 sale of Malibu, the house that Connery and his wife owned for several decades. The house was sold for €6.4m. The summons relates to €2.7m the local authority claims and disputes over planning permission. 25 others have been caught up in Operation Goldfinger, among them Julián Muñoz, the former mayor of Marbella, singer Isabel Pantoja and several lawyers associated with the defendants. The Connery case has attracted additional attention because of the intervention by the British ambassador to Spain Giles Paxman, brother of the BBC journalist Jeremy.

Connery wrote to the ambassador saying that as far as he was concerned Goldfinger was the name of a film in which he starred and, in the words of a letter the ambassador sent to the presiding judge Ricardo Puyol on 20 September, everything published or broadcast in Spain "suggesting that criminal proceedings had been initiated against him and his wife" was news to him.
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