It was requested Monday that Infanta Cristina, the second daughter of King Juan Carlos, to not be charged in the context of the investigation focused on the alleged irregularities committed by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma.
This is the second time the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Pedro Horrach, requested for the Infanta not to be charged due to lack of evidence that she was involved or knew of Urdangarin’s alleged fraudulent activities. The Duke is being charged with stealing millions of euros from the non-profit Noos Institutos from between 2004 and 2006.
At the moment, the Provincial Court in the Balearic Islands will decide whether or not Cristina should be charged. Judge Jose Castro rejected a request by the Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) to not charge her on March 5th, and did the same when Horrach initially requested on March 21st.
Although Infanta Cristina is co-owner of 50 percent of the commercial Aizoon SL – one of the companies investigated in this case, COPE.es reports Horrach claims she “does not hold any executive position so their relationship is only corporate level.”
“The management and administration of this company is held by her spouse, Inaki Urdangarin”, stressed the representative of Corruption.
It looks like Manos Limpias will turn to a higher court to overturn or confirm the decision of Judge Castro.
In Spain, Manos Limpias is a trade union that represents public service employees.
Urdangarin is set to face four separate charges over this fraudulent case: defrauding the exchequer, falsifying documents, misappropriation of public funds and prevarication.
Sources: El Mundo, COPE.es, The Independent (UK)