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Daughter of King Juan Carlos summoned with corruption charges

English.news.cn   2014-01-07 20:32:41            

MADRID, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos of Spain, the Infanta Cristina de Bourbon has been summoned by the judge over fraud and money-laundering.

She was suspected of the crimes, while managing the funds generated by the business of her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who in turn is facing corruption charges in the long running "Noos" corruption scandal.

The judge investigating the case -- Jose Castro, has published 227 pages of findings and as a result the Infanta Cristina has been cited to declare in court in Palma de Mallorca as part of the ongoing Noos trial.

Judge Castro has spent around 9 months investigating the bank accounts of the Infanta, checking her credit cards, bills and expenses, as well as looking into tax declarations and properties in order to draw up an exhaustive picture of her economic activity between the years 2002 and 2012.

His conclusion, presented in the 227 page report, is that there are sufficient indications of irregularities to call the Infanta to declare in person.

This is the second time Judge Castro has imputed Infanta Cristina in relation to the Noos scandal. She was first called to declare in Palma on April 27, 2012, but the imputation was controversially suspended by the Audiencia (main court) in Palma on May 7 after the three magistrates who constituted the tribunal voted 2-1 against her appearing, alleging there was not enough evidence to sustain the accusations against the King's youngest daughter.

Cristiana had been due to answer questions on "whether or not her intervention in the Association of the Noos Institute of Applied investigation and the mercantile entity Aizoon S.L managed and directed funds obtained through these same organizations and from which they are derived."

Judge Castro had backed up his April decision with 19 pages of findings in which he concluded: "everything appears to indicate that it was agreed that the only function of Cristina and Carlos Garcia Revenga (who is the personal secretary of Cristiana and her elder sister, Helena) was for their use as figureheads."

The Noos scandal is based around the Noos Institute, which was originally set up as a non-profit organization, which had Infanta Cristiana as a member of its Board of Directors.

Although it was meant to be a non-profit organization, the Noos Institute is accused of swindling over 6 million euros (7.7 million U.S. dollars) of public money with false bills.

The big question regarding the Infanta is whether or not she was simply a figurehead in the organization or whether she was aware of the activities carried out by her husband and his partner.

The Spanish Royal Household has issued a communique announcing its "respect" for the judge's decision.

Editor: Yang Yi
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