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Spanish princess testifies in court in royal corruption case

Published on Feb 8, 2014 5:49 PM
 
Spain's Princess Infanta Cristina smiles as she arrives at the courthouse of Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on Feb 8, 2014. The Princess gave testimony before a judge on Saturday in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over graft among the ruling class and discontent with the royal family. -- PHOTO: AFP

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain's Princess Cristina gave testimony before a judge on Saturday in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over graft among the ruling class and discontent with the royal family.

Cristina, the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos, faces preliminary charges of tax fraud and money laundering linked to her use of funds from a shell company she co-owned with her husband Inaki Urdangarin, who is charged with crimes including embezzling 6 million euros (S$10.3 million) of public money.

It is the first time since the monarchy was restored in 1975 after the Francisco Franco dictatorship that a member of the royal family has been summoned in a criminal proceeding.

The Princess, 48, arrived at the courthouse shortly before 10am to face dozens of questions from the judge in a closed-door hearing in Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands.

 
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