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Spanish princess appeals tax, fraud charges

Published on Jul 2, 2014 8:05 PM
 
Spain's Princess Cristina attending a preview of the exhibition The Invention Of Glory: Alfonso V And The Pastrana Tapestries at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on Sept 13, 2011. Princess Cristina appealed July 2, 2014, against tax and money-laundering charges that threaten to land her in an unprecedented criminal trial. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MADRID (AFP) - Spanish King Felipe VI's sister, Princess Cristina, appealed Wednesday against tax and money-laundering charges that threaten to land her in an unprecedented criminal trial.

If Cristina ends up in the dock, it would be a first for a direct relative of the Spanish monarch, creating a significant challenge to Felipe who took the throne on June 19 promising an "honest and transparent monarchy".

But the 49-year-old, blonde-haired princess's lawyers are seeking to overturn investigating judge Jose Castro's June 25 ruling, which upheld tax fraud and money-laundering charges against her.

The investigating judge on the island of Mallorca accused Cristina of knowingly benefiting from suspect business dealings by her husband, 46-year-old former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is himself accused of embezzlement.

 
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