Princess Cristina to sit in the accused bench for helping husband with fraud 


Dec 24, Barcelona: Judge Jose Castro on Tuesday decided that the King’s sister, Infanta Cristina de Borbón, will have to appear in court during her trial in which she has been charged for helping her husband, Duke Iñaki Urdangarin, with tax felonies.

This decision comes just two days after the first Christmas Eve message by Felipe as the King of Spain, this was his most important speech after his coronation in June. The court case had begun in 2010 to investigate the supposed embezzlement of six million Euro’s of public fund belonging to the Government of the Balearic Islands and Valencia by Iñaki Urdangarin and his partner Diego Torres, through Nóos institute. Two years later, they turned their focus on the Cristina de Borbón as a collaborator in the tax evasion by her husband due to her presence in the Nóos board.

The trial is expected to go on till the second half of 2015 in the Palma Court. Cristina de Borbón will sit on the accused bench with 16 other people, including her husband, because of the two alleged crimes against the Inland Revenue. For the moment, the judge has asked, Urdangarin, to deposit, a total of 14.957 million € as civil responsibility and has asked his wife for 2.697 million € as pecuniary measure. Judge Castro, has also asked for more than 90 million € as bail for the 17 people sitting on the accused bench.
According to reports, there are possibilities that Cristina may renounce her Royal title. According to the Royal family the only person decide whether or not to renounce the royal title is Cristina herself and the family sees no reason to pressurize her to renounce her royal title. However according to them, the gesture will be welcomed.

Cristina de Borbón is the sixth in the line to the succession of the throne and if she renounces, her title it will not affect her children.

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