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Sunday 20 April 2014

Princess innocent, says Spanish PM

Mariano Rajoy said he believes Princess Cristina is innocent despite being quizzed over tax fraud and money laundering

Spain's Prime Minister has said he believes Princess Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos, is innocent despite being called for questioning as a suspect in an investigation of tax fraud and money laundering that has tarnished the reputation of the royal family.

Mariano Rajoy made the declaration in an interview on the Antena 3 television network, less than three weeks before questioning of the princess by a judge investigating her partnership with her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, in a company called Aizoon.

Mr Rajoy said he is "convinced of the innocence of the princess" and she should not renounce her title.

Urdangarin is under investigation for allegedly channelling funds to Aizoon from his non-profit foundation that received millions of dollars in public contracts.

AP

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