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Tax fraud charges against Spanish princess upheld

Friday, November 07, 2014 - 01:13

A Spanish court upholds charges of tax fraud against Princess Cristina de Borbon, but drops money-laundering charge as part of an investigation into her husband's business dealings. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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According to a Spanish court, Princess Cristina de Borbon - sister of the recently crowned King Felipe - may be guilty of tax fraud. The court has upheld tax fraud charges against the Princess, following an investigation into her husband Inaki Urdangarin's business dealings. He's accused of embezzelment and using his connections to win public contracts. The scandal is just the latest in a series that have hurt the monarchy's popularity in recent years. And while the court is dropping charges of money-laundering against the princess, everyone in Madrid it seems, has an opinon. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CRISTINA, SPANIARD, SAYING: "It's the Royal House. Obviously they will let her get off the hook...What this shows for the n-th time is that justice is not the same for everyone." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ROSA, SPANIARD, SAYING: "I think people expected the ruling -- there has been so much press coverage and it's difficult to believe she knew nothing about her husband's business." Now the princess may be required to appear in court -- to answer the charges and potentially prolong the embarrassment of Spain's royal family.

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Tax fraud charges against Spanish princess upheld

Friday, November 07, 2014 - 01:13