Spain’s Princess Cristina and her husband went on trial Monday underneath intense international media
scrutiny in a landmark corruption case that has outraged the nation and sullied the monarchy’s
Cristina, a 50 year old mother of four children is the first Spanish royal to face criminal charges in court
for the reason that monarchy became reinstated following the 1975 demise of dictator General
The trial of the princess and the 17 different accused, which include her husband, former Olympic
handball medallist Inaki Urdangarin were given underway at 9:20 a.m. at a makeshift courtroom in
Palma on the palm-covered Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
The royal couple arrived collectively an hour beforehand of the hearing.
however following court regulations, they needed to take a seat aside as judges study out the alleged
crimes devoted with the aid of the suspects. Cristina has been charged with tax evasion whilst her
husband is accused of the greater extreme crimes of embezzlement, impact peddling, document
falsification, cash laundering and tax fraud.
The trial comes as Spain seethes over repeated corruption scandals that have uncovered politicians,
trade unions, bankers and footballers, eroding Spaniards’ faith in their institutions and elites after a
major financial crisis and a government austerity drive.
“we’ve never had as plenty corruption in Spain’s democratic history,” stated Francisco Solana, a 45yr-old
unemployed masseur. “No judge will dare send Princess Cristina to jail. I suppose justice isn’t always
identical for all, it favours the rich,” delivered Solana who turned into wrapped in a yellow, purple and
red Spanish Republican flag.
The case is centred on enterprise dealings by using the Noos Institute, a charitable corporation primarily
based in Palma which Urdangarin based and chaired from 2004 to 2006.
The 47yr-antique and his former enterprise partner Diego Torres are suspected of embezzling 6.2 million
euros ($6.7 million) in public funds paid via local governments to the enterprise to level carrying and
different forms of occasions.
Urdangarin is accused of the usage of his royal connections to cozy inflated contracts without competing
bids and siphoning off a number of the money into Aizoon, a company he mutually ran together with his
wife Cristina to fund a lavish life-style.
The couple are suspected of using Aizoon for personal expenses along with expenses on the couple’s
mansion in Barcelona, trips to South Africa’s Kruger National Park, dance lessons and even Harry Potter
books, which decreased the firm’s taxable profits, in line with court docket filings.
The trial is anticipated to last six months. If convicted Cristina, who has denied understanding of her
husband’s activities, faces a prison term of up to 8 years. Urdangarin faces more than 19 years in jail.