The main events in Spain`s royal corruption scandal
Spain`s royal family is reeling from a financial corruption scandal centred on King Felipe VI`s sister, 49-year-old Cristina, and her husband, 46-year-old Inaki Urdangarin.
Madrid: Spain`s royal family is reeling from a financial corruption scandal centred on King Felipe VI`s sister, 49-year-old Cristina, and her husband, 46-year-old Inaki Urdangarin.
Here are the six key events in the case, which outraged Spaniards and blighted the reign of 76-year-old former king Juan Carlos, who tearfully abdicated on June 18 in favour of his 46-year-old son Felipe.
On October 4 1997, then king Juan Carlos` youngest daughter Cristina marries blue-eyed, 6-foot 6-inch (1.97-metre) tall former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who becomes the Duke of Palma.
From 2004-2006, Urdangarin presides over the Noos Institute, of which Cristina is a board member. A non-profit foundation, Noos offers consultancy services and organises sports and tourism conferences for the private and public sectors.
DUKE IN TROUBLE
On December 29, 2011, investigating Judge Jose Castro summons Urdangarin as a corruption suspect, suspecting Noos of creaming off money from government contracts. Already removed from official royal duties, Urdangarin denies any wrongdoing when he is questioned by the judge in Palma de Mallorca on February 25, 2012.
The duke tries to keep his wife out of it, but in April 2013 the judge tries to summon Cristina as a suspect, too. The summons is revoked a month later after the prosecutor appeals, citing a lack of evidence. But on January 7, 2014, the judge summons her again, this time on charges of tax fraud and money-laundering linked to her husband`s affairs and their jointly owned real estate firm Aizoon. No appeals are lodged.
A ROYAL SUSPECT
On February 8, 2014, Cristina becomes the first direct relative of the king to go to court as a suspect. Under closed-door questioning by the investigating judge, she distances herself from the accusations, denying knowledge of her husband`s dealings, according to lawyers at the hearing.
JUDGE OPENS WAY TO TRIAL
On June 25, 2014, Judge Jose Castro says fraud charges must be pursued against Cristina and Urdangarin, opening the way to a criminal trial. The decision is open to appeal.