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US News Brother-in-Law of Spain’s King Must Go to Prison, Court Rules

21:10  12 june  2018
21:10  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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MADRID — Spain ’ s Supreme Court upheld a prison sentence on Tuesday for Iñaki Urdangarin, the brother - in - law of King Felipe VI, in a fraud case that rocked the monarchy and could send a member of the country’s royal family to prison for the first time in modern history.

The brother - in - law of Spain ' s king , who was handed six years and three months jail for syphoning off millions, will remain free and not be required to post bail as he prepares to appeal his sentence, a court said on Thursday.

Former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin sits during a hearing held in the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on June 10, 2016. Spanish prosecutors called today for the king's brother-in-law to be given a 19-and-a-half year jail term for alleged embezzlement in a trial that has also seen his wife Princess Cristina accused of tax evasion. The princess and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are among 17 suspects who went on trial in January as part of a case that involves business dealings by the Noos Institute, a not-for-profit organisation based in Palma which Urdangarin founded and chaired from 2004 to 2006.     / AFP / POOL / Cati Cladera        (Photo credit should read CATI CLADERA/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin sits during a hearing held in the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on June 10, 2016. Spanish prosecutors called today for the king's brother-in-law to be given a 19-and-a-half year jail term for alleged embezzlement in a trial that has also seen his wife Princess Cristina accused of tax evasion. The princess and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are among 17 suspects who went on trial in January as part of a case that involves business dealings by the Noos Institute, a not-for-profit organisation based in Palma which Urdangarin founded and chaired from 2004 to 2006. / AFP / POOL / Cati Cladera (Photo credit should read CATI CLADERA/AFP/Getty Images)

MADRID — Spain’s Supreme Court upheld a prison sentence on Tuesday for Iñaki Urdangarin, the brother-in-law of King Felipe VI, in a fraud case that rocked the monarchy and could send a member of the country’s royal family to prison for the first time in modern history.

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MADRID (AP) - The brother - in - law of Spain ' s King Felipe will avoid imprisonment but must show up in court in Switzerland, where he lives, once per month 17 to six years and three months in prison , but the decision must be reviewed by the higher court .

MADRID — The king of Spain ' s brother - in - law was found guilty of fraud and tax evasion and sentenced to more than six years in prison on Friday.

The court ruled that Mr. Urdangarin must serve five years and 10 months, five months less than the sentence imposed last year by a regional court on the island of Majorca.

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The lower court had found Princess Cristina, Mr. Urdangarin’s wife and the king’s sister, not guilty of criminal charges, but fined her about $312,000 for her involvement in her husband’s businesses. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court cut that amount in half.

The case dates back to 2011, when an investigation was launched into Mr. Urdangarin’s business activities, which mostly involved organizing sports events for regional governments. The probe was initially prompted by huge cost overruns for the construction of a cycling track on Majorca.

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A Spanish court ruled on Thursday to temporarily release Inaki Urdangarin, the brother - in - law of King of Spain Felipe VI, while he is waiting for a decision of the Supreme Court on the appeal against a six-year prison sentence.

Madrid - 4 July 2017: Spanish prosecutors said Monday they have asked that the six-year jail term given to the king ' s brother - in - law for graft be The corruption scandal involving Urdangarin, which broke out in 2010, sparked outrage when Spain was going through a devastating financial crisis

Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin (C) leaves the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on February 23, 2017.  A Spanish court decided today that the king's brother-in-law, who was handed six years and three months jail for syphoning off millions, will remain free without bail as he prepares to appeal.   / AFP / JAIME REINA        (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin (C) leaves the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on February 23, 2017. A Spanish court decided today that the king's brother-in-law, who was handed six years and three months jail for syphoning off millions, will remain free without bail as he prepares to appeal. / AFP / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images) It focused on the financing of his nonprofit foundation, the Nóos Institute, on whose board Princess Cristina sat, and a real estate company, Aizoon, which the royal couple co-owned. Eventually, Mr. Urdangarin and his business partners were accused of embezzling more than $7 million.

Mr. Urdangarin was found guilty of several fraud-related charges. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court overturned one of those guilty verdicts, for falsifying documents — and reduced his sentence accordingly — but left the others in effect.

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A Spanish court ruled on Friday that Inaki Urdangarin, the brother - in - law of King of Spain Felipe VI, was guilty of fraud, while his wife Infanta Cristina was acquitted, local media reported.

Menéame. The brother - in - law of Spain ' s king has been sentenced on Friday to six years and three months in prison over a corruption and fraud case that also involved his wife Princess Cristina.

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Mr. Urdangarin and his family have in recent years been living in Geneva, where he has been appearing monthly before Swiss authorities, pending a ruling on his appeal in Spain. Mr. Urdangarin still has a final, slim chance of avoiding or delaying incarceration, if he appeals to Spain’s Constitutional Court and that court agrees to reopen the case.

Former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin (2L) and his wife Spain's Princess Cristina (R) sit during a hearing held in the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on June 10, 2016. Spanish prosecutors called today for the king's brother-in-law to be given a 19-and-a-half year jail term for alleged embezzlement in a trial that has also seen his wife Princess Cristina accused of tax evasion. The princess and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are among 17 suspects who went on trial in January as part of a case that involves business dealings by the Noos Institute, a not-for-profit organisation based in Palma which Urdangarin founded and chaired from 2004 to 2006.     / AFP / POOL / J.Grapelli        (Photo credit should read J.GRAPELLI/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin (2L) and his wife Spain's Princess Cristina (R) sit during a hearing held in the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on June 10, 2016. Spanish prosecutors called today for the king's brother-in-law to be given a 19-and-a-half year jail term for alleged embezzlement in a trial that has also seen his wife Princess Cristina accused of tax evasion. The princess and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are among 17 suspects who went on trial in January as part of a case that involves business dealings by the Noos Institute, a not-for-profit organisation based in Palma which Urdangarin founded and chaired from 2004 to 2006. / AFP / POOL / J.Grapelli (Photo credit should read J.GRAPELLI/AFP/Getty Images) The Supreme Court upheld the imprisonment of Mr. Urdangarin’s main business partner, Diego Torres, but reduced his sentence by almost three years, to five years and eight months. The most prominent politician found guilty in the case, Jaume Matas, the former regional president of the Balearic Islands, will serve three years and eight months in prison.

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Menéame. A prosecutor at Spain ' s Supreme Court on Monday lodged an appeal seeking a much harsher punishment for the brother - in - law of the country' s king , who had been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for embezzlement, fraud, obstruction of justice

King Felipe VI’ s brother - in - law , Iñaki Urdangarin. GTRES. Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball champion who was sentenced to six years and three months in prison but appealed the ruling , did not show up at the court session that will help decide whether he goes to jail or is acquitted.

Felipe became king after the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos, in 2014, by which time Mr. Urdangarin had already been cut off from the royal household. King Felipe then also cut the royal family’s public ties with Cristina, as part of his efforts to fight corruption, increase transparency and improve the tainted image of the monarchy.

The princess was stripped by royal decree of the title of duchess of Palma, but she has kept her succession rights, which put her sixth in line to the throne. She married Mr. Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player, in 1997.

Inaki Urdangarin et al. posing for the camera: Iñaki Urdangarin is the husband of Princess Cristina, a sister of King Felipe VI. The couple’s fraud trial last year, in which he was convicted and she acquitted of criminal charges, gripped the nation. © Jaime Reina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Iñaki Urdangarin is the husband of Princess Cristina, a sister of King Felipe VI. The couple’s fraud trial last year, in which he was convicted and she acquitted of criminal charges, gripped the nation. The trial gripped the nation, and in 2016, it forced Princess Cristina to become the first member of the royal family to appear in court in modern Spanish history. But it is only one of several political corruption scandals involving money embezzled by Spanish politicians and their business partners, most of which surfaced after the bursting of Spain’s construction bubble in 2008.

Earlier this month, another major corruption case helped force a change of government in Madrid. Pedro Sánchez took over as prime minister from Mariano Rajoy after winning a vote of no confidence in Parliament that was prompted by Mr. Rajoy’s party becoming the first political force to be convicted of operating a slush fund.

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