Infanta Cristina – the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain – has officially been named a suspect in the corruption case of her husband, Inaki Urdangarin. She now has to testify at the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca on April 27.
Judge Jose Castro, who presides over the case, was quoted saying the Infanta was imputed as co-owner of Aizoon – a company that directly benefited from Inaki’s fraudulent actions. Interestingly, naming Cristina a suspect was the judge’s decision, and not a petition from the prosecution.
The judge explained his decision by the fact the Duchess of Palma de Mallorca consented for her name, title and position to be used in connection with illegal activities. He also added that the latest evidence cast a strong doubt over the defence’s insistence Cristina knew nothing about her husband’s activities.
The latest evidence in question are a number of mails released by Inaki’s co-defendant, Diego Torres, which strongly suggest Infanta was aware of at least some of the wrongdoings. Only yesterday, the judge refused the petition of Don Inaki’s legal team to dismiss those mails.
Ironically, the judge finished his 19-page report of Dona Cristina’s involvement with the words King Juan Carlos said during his Christmas address: “The justice is the same for everyone”.
To read more about the case, including a handy timeline of events, have a look at this post – Inaki Urdangarin Corruption Case: Will the Borbons survive?
A video that announces Infanta Cristina’s impution (in Spanish).