Princess Cristina of Spain Becomes First Member of Spain's Royal Family to Be Put on Trial

Infanta Cristina of Spain, the 50-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, has become the first member of the Spanish Royal Family after its restoration in 1975 to be put on trial after she appeared in court together with her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, to face charges regarding her failure to declare taxes on personal expenses paid by a real estate company which she co-owned with her husband. Urdangarin, meanwhile, is facing more serious charges after he allegedly used his title as Duke of Palma to embezzle about 6 million euros ($6.5 million) in public contracts through the nonprofit Noos Institute he which he operates with a business partner. Princess Cristina's lawyers, meanwhile, asked that the case be junked since Spanish jurisprudence allows an accused to escape trial if the victim of a crime does not back the charges.


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