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Spanish princess to be grilled in court over fraud allegations in corruption scandal

Published on Feb 6, 2014 11:41 AM
 
Spanish Princess Cristina's lawyers Jesus Silva (center) and Jaume Riutord (left) arrive at a court in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, to hear witnesses in the Noos corruption case on Jan 25, 2014. A judge will quiz Spanish King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter Cristina on Saturday over fraud allegations in a corruption scandal - a historic first for the troubled royal family. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

MADRID (AFP) - A judge will quiz Spanish King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter Cristina on Saturday over fraud allegations in a corruption scandal - a historic first for the troubled royal family.

Long thought untouchable as a royal, Princess Cristina, 48, now faces public scrutiny over accusations of tax fraud and money-laundering that have fuelled doubts over the future of the monarchy.

The judge on the island of Majorca will question Cristina, seventh in line to the throne, as a suspect in a judicial probe - one step towards a possible trial.

It is the first time in Spain's modern history that a direct member of the royal family has been summoned to court accused of wrongdoing.

 
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