Spain's Princess Cristina stands trial on tax fraud charges

By REUTERS
January 11, 2016 23:41

 
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Spain's Princess Cristina appeared in court on Monday on charges of tax fraud, the first member of the royal family to stand in the dock, as a lengthy investigation into her husband's business affairs finally went to trial.

King Felipe's 50-year-old sister is one of 18 people on trial after a six-year investigation into the Noos Foundation, a charity run by her husband Inaki Urdangarin, that prosecutors say was used to embezzle millions of euros in public funds.

Details of the probe badly damaged the image of the royal family at a time when ordinary Spaniards were grappling with a devastating economic crisis and tapped into popular disgust at cases of high-level corruption among bankers and politicians.

Cristina arrived with her husband at the Mallorcan court to be greeted by a barrage of TV and press cameras.

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