Princess Cristina’s lawyers file appeal against indictment 

Princess Cristina

Madrid, Jan 2: Spain‘s Princess Cristina’s lawyers have lodged an appeal against a judge’s decision to try her on charges of tax fraud.

The appeal was lodged at a court in Palma de Mallorca on Friday.

The trial, if held, is not expected to take place before late this year. Cristina faces up to eight years if convicted in an alleged scheme that funded a lavish lifestyle for her and her husband at their Barcelona mansion.

Cristina, 49, was indicted on December 22 as part of a four-year investigation into her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who faces charges ranging from money laundering to fraud.

She is the first member of the Spanish royal family ordered to stand trial in a court since the monarchy was restored in 1975.

The indictment was seen as a blow to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to purge the royal family of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated the throne six months ago.

In his first Christmas Eve speech, Spain‘s new King Felipe VI had insisted that seemingly endless examples of corruption across the country incensing voters must be stamped out.

In the speech, he did not mention his indicted sister, Princess Cristina, by name but stressed that Spanish public figures don’t have a right “to profit or become rich.”

The Oslo Times

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