In a wide ranging case of tax fraud that captivated Spain, Princess Cristina was found not guilty of being an accessory to fraud but her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than 6 years in prison. A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the 51 year old sister of King Felipe, will be required to pay nearly 265,000 euros in fines because the court considers that she indirectly benefited from the fraud.
Her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, was found guilty of evading taxes, fraud and various other charges. He was sentenced to six years and three months in prison and a fine of $545,000 in U.S. dollars. The trial centered on accusations that Urdangarin used his former title, the Duke of Plama, to embezzle about $6 million euros in public funds for the nonprofit Noos Institute.
The provincial court in Palma de Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands, found six other people in the trial guilty, including Urdangarin’s business partner and a former regional president of the Balearic Islands. Ten people in all, including Cristina, were absolved by the court.
In a country mired with corruption scandel’s in politics and business, Spaniards paid close attention to the “Noos Case”., since the first signs of Urdangarin’s involvement emerged six years ago. As the scandal unfolded, former King Juan Carlos decision to abdicate the throne in 2014 was seen as an effort to allow his son Felipe to restore the monarchy’s credibility. When his sister Cristina was indicted, King Felipe cancelled her titles of Duchess of Palma, granted by their father in 1997 on the occasion of her wedding. She and Urdangarin are no longer invited to any official events by the Royal House.
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