The son-in-law and chief suspect in the killing of the CAM bankchairman’s widow, Miguel López, has paid a 150-thousand-euro bond to get out of custody at Fontcalent Prison. His passport, however, has been confiscated to prevent him leaving Spain.
Last December, López is believed to have shot María del Carmen Martínez, 72, at close range inside her landrover, which was parked on the forecourt of the Alicante City dealership, Novocar, which the family owns.
Her late husband, Vicente Sala, amassed a fortune founding rubber companies in Latin America and was head of the now defunct CAM savings bank, which was taken over by Banco Sabadell.
A family feud is suspected of being behind the killing, since although María del Carmen was due to, and did, inherit Sala’s global empire upon his death, she placed her son, also
called Vicente Sala, in charge and intended for him to be the sole beneficiary and manager of it when she eventually passed away.
This upset her daughters, and her grandchildren who allegedly wrote to her saying they ‘did not want to see her ever again’ because of the ‘hurt she had caused their mothers’.