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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Spanish princess faces allegations of corruption

Fiona Govan Madrid

Published 04/04/2013|04:00

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Spain’s Princess Infanta Cristina

PRINCESS Cristina, the youngest daughter of Spain's King Juan Carlos, has been named a suspect in a far-reaching corruption inquiry centring on her husband.

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The 47-year-old princess, who is seventh in line to the Spanish throne, has been ordered to testify on April 27 at a court in Palma de Majorca on suspicion of influence peddling, court sources said.

She will face accusations that she co-operated in the business dealings of her husband Inaki Urdangarin while he was head of the not-for-profit Noos Institute, through which he is alleged to have embezzled €6m of public funds.

From 2004 to 2006, Princess Cristina was a member of the board of the Noos Institute, through which the duke won public contracts to stage sporting and tourism events.

She also co-owned one of the private companies that her husband allegedly used to divert funds. Mr Urdangarin had sought to protect his wife, insisting she had no knowledge of day-to-day dealings. But emails released to the court purportedly showed that she had been consulted.

It is the first time in the history of modern Spain that a member of the royal family is to appear before a judge. It comes at a time of plummeting popularity for King Juan Carlos. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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