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Spanish king's son-in-law in court in corruption scandal

Published on Feb 23, 2013 10:28 PM
 
Spanish king's son-in-law Inaqui Urdangarin arrives at a courthouse in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013. Urdangarin appeared before a judge on Saturday to respond to charges of tax fraud in a six-million-euro embezzlement case that has eroded public support for the once-popular royal family. -- PHOTO: AFP

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (REUTERS) - The Spanish king's son-in-law appeared before a judge on the island of Mallorca on Saturday to respond to charges of tax fraud in a six-million-euro embezzlement case that has eroded public support for the once-popular royal family.

The scandal and other corruption cases in which politicians are accused of taking millions of euros in bribes have enraged Spaniards at a time when unemployment has soared to 26 per cent in a deep recession.

Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympics handball player who is married to the king's daughter, the Infanta Cristina, is accused of using his powerful connections to win public contracts to put on events on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca and elsewhere in Spain.

His Noos Foundation is suspected of overcharging for organising conferences about the business of sports and hiding the proceeds abroad.

 
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