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Spain's Princess Cristina to Stand Trial
From the Wall Street Journal of Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:25:14 EST
Spain's Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe, arrives at a courthouse to testify before judge Jose Castro over tax fraud and money-laundering charges in Palma de Mallorca in February.
Spain's Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe, arrives at a courthouse to testify before judge Jose Castro over tax fraud and money-laundering charges in Palma de Mallorca in February. Reuters

MADRID—A Spanish judge on Monday ordered Princess Cristina de Borbón, the sister of the country’s king, to stand trial on tax-fraud charges, in what will be the first trial of a Spanish monarch’s relative.

Judge José Castro officially charged the princess with two counts on tax fraud in a long-running corruption case, in the last step before trial under Spain’s legal system. This comes just a month after a judicial panel upheld the princess’ status as suspect in the so-called Nóos case, which also involves her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, and other suspects. Mr. Urdangarin on Monday was ordered to stand trial on tax fraud, money laundering, embezzlement of public funds and other charges.

The decision is the latest step in a four-year probe that has eroded the popularity of Spain’s monarchy. It began during the reign of Princess Cristina’s father, Juan Carlos, who abdicated in June, and centers on Nóos, a not-for-profit sports-events consultancy run by Mr. Urdangarin.

Judge Castro has been investigating whether the couple funded an extravagant lifestyle by diverting millions of euros in public funds destined for Nóos into the couple’s real estate and asset-management firm Aizoon. The princess was a Nóos board member.

The princess and her husband have previously denied wrongdoing.

Write to David Roman at david.roman@wsj.com



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