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Judge opens way to trial for Spain's Princess Cristina

Published on Jun 25, 2014 4:58 PM

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish judge ruled Wednesday that King Felipe VI's sister, Princess Cristina, and her husband must face fraud charges, opening the way to an unprecedented criminal trial.

Less than a week after Felipe, 46, took the Spanish throne promising an "honest and transparent" monarchy, the ruling refocused attention on a scandal that had blighted the reign of his 76-year-old father Juan Carlos.

Cristina, 49, who was previously considered untouchable, is accused of complicity in the allegedly dodgy business affairs of her husband, 46-year-old former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin.

Judge Jose Castro's decision to press ahead with charges against the royal couple, among others, is open to appeal, said a written ruling released by the court in Palma de Mallorca. The result of any appeals will be pivotal.

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