Tuesday 21 November 2017

Spanish princess faces allegations of corruption

Spain’s Princess Infanta Cristina
Spain’s Princess Infanta Cristina

Fiona Govan Madrid

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.

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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