As I understand it, the court appearance is somewhat akin to to what we might understand to be committal proceedings.
In other words, this stage was to determine whether or not there is a case to answer. Clearly the Lady Judge determined, on the evidence presented to her that 3 of the 4 HAVE got a case to answer and in due course will have to answer the case in a full trial. When the 4th member of the Council appears he too will be questioned to determine whether he has a case to answer also.
Do not underestimate the importance of what has happened so far. A member of the legal system has assessed the evidence and conflicting stories and has determined that, so far, 3 members of the council might well have been able to / could have / perhaps should have, taken action, based on what they knew and the information available to them prior to the event, so as to avoid the tragic loss of life that occured on that day, let alone the impact the trajedy has already had and will continue to have on the single most important business in our area - tourism. Crucially this includes the man at the top, and as in all walks of life, that is where the buck stops.
It seems that those who hold the view that a "blind-eye" was turned toward all the warning signs appears to have been confirmed, now it has to be established why those invloved did so - incompetance, brown envelopes, "other interests" - who knows. The good news is that it is now it is most likely we will know as the probable trial will be well reported as events unfold and democrocy takes over.
Finally, in defence of the guys at News in the Sun - Janet posts her stories as they are reported in the Spanish Press, TV and radio. What she publishes tends to be a running commentory as is the nature of her site. She and News in the Sun know each other very well and work closely to ensure that their translations of stories as reported by the Spanish media are as accurate as possible and are updated as facts unfold. News in the Sun tend to wait until facts are established before publishing stories - that is how they work. Neither are wrong, or right, in the way they operate and neither deserve being criticised for doing what they do in the way they do - after all, most ex-pats can only just about order a beer in Spanish. What does get my goat is other sites and "news sources" who simply copy and paste their stories and rarely give credit to their sources.