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Sat 23 Feb 2013

Duke of Palma appears in court over corruption

  • By Yafit Lazar and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Spanish King Juan Carlos' son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin is scheduled to appear in court for a second time for questioning as part of a corruption probe. The scandal has  further damaged the popularity of the royal family, following reports about the King's luxury hunting expedition to Botswana last year.

Urdangarin, who acquired the title of Duke of Palma when he wed the king's youngest daughter Cristina in 1997, will be questioned over his alleged siphoning off millions of euros and tax fraud.

The police believe he and his former business partner Diego Torres misused money paid by regional governments for staging sporting and tourism events to the Noos Institute, a charitable organisation based in Palma he chaired from 2004 to 2006. The money allegedly went to for-profit companies and offshore accounts under his control.

Urdangarin has denied any wrongdoing.

King Juan Carlos is widely admired for guiding Spain to democracy after the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975. But the popularity of the royal family has taken a hit after the media uncovered the corruption scandal and the King's hunting trip in a time when many Spaniards are unemployed. - Spain king’s son-in-law to be quizzed again in Mallorca cour

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