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Judge spares Spanish princess a walk to fraud hearing

Published on Feb 1, 2014 7:36 AM
 
Spain's Princess Cristina arriving to attend a funeral mass for former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch at Barcelona's cathedral. A Spanish judge ruled on Friday that King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter Cristina may drive to court for a fraud hearing, rather than endure a walk under the gaze of the world's media. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish judge ruled on Friday that King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter Cristina may drive to court for a fraud hearing, rather than endure a walk under the gaze of the world's media.

It is not clear, however, if the 48-year-old Cristina will take advantage of the ruling, issued "strictly on security grounds", when she heads to the Palma de Mallorca court on the morning of Feb 8.

Judge Juan Castro's decision, which is in line with police advice, allows the princess to drive all the way to the court rather than walking the last steps from the main street to the door of the court.

Cristina will be the first direct member of the Spanish royal family in modern times to face court as a suspect when she answers the summons in a scandal that has plunged the royals into crisis.

 
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