Saturday 7 December 2019

Spanish court upholds tax fraud claim against princess

Spain's Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe, rrives at a courthouse to testify before judge Jose Castro over tax fraud and money-laundering charges in Palma de Mallorca (REUTERS/Paul Hanna)
Spain's Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe, rrives at a courthouse to testify before judge Jose Castro over tax fraud and money-laundering charges in Palma de Mallorca (REUTERS/Paul Hanna)

A Spanish court said it would uphold charges of tax fraud against Cristina de Borbon (49), sister of King Felipe VI, in a graft inquiry.

The case, along with other high-profile corruption proceedings, has eroded Spaniards' faith in their institutions.

But, the High Court of Palma de Majorca added it would drop charges of money-laundering against the princess as part of an investigation into her husband Inaki Urdangarin's business dealings.

It is not clear yet whether Princess Cristina will face a judge as Spanish law allows the accused to escape trial if the victim of a crime - in this case the state - does not support the charges.

Investigations have unearthed corruption across Spain involving players ranging from politicians to bankers and trade unions, and encompassing backhanders at town halls to unchecked spending on company credit cards.

Irish Independent

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