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Iñaki Urdangarin, King Felipe’s brother-in-law, prepares for prison

Iñaki Urdangarin, the husband of Spain’s Infanta Cristina and brother-in-law to King Felipe, is spending his last few days of freedom before beginning his prison sentence. Urdangarin is due to report to Palma de Mallorca on 21 March where he will hear the final decision from the Supreme Court. It is expected he will hear that he is to report to prison after this final phase of the judicial process. The Supreme Court has heard arguments from both the defence and prosecution.

Urdangarin, Infanta Cristina and their family have been residing in Geneva, Switzerland, since the conviction last year. It was on 17 February 2017 that the verdict was announced in the Noos case. Then, Infanta Christina of Spain was found not guilty of corruption charges following a lengthy trial in Palma de Mallorca for corruption and money fraud. However, Iñaki was convicted and sentenced to six years and three months. Although acquitted of being an accessory to fraud, Cristina was still ordered to pay a fine of €265,000.

Urdangarin’s business associate was also found guilty and sentenced to eight years and six months in prison. Additionally, he was required to pay a €1,723,843.10 fine.

If, as expected, Iñaki is officially sentenced to prison next week, it has been reported that the Infanta will move closer to the location of his imprisonment.

Due to the embarrassment brought to the Spanish Royal Family, the Infanta and her family have been absent from the majority of family events. They were not welcome at her father, King Juan Carlos’s 80th birthday lunch in January.

Cristina and Iñaki were accused of defrauding taxpayers of funds through embezzlement and money laundering in excess of £4.5 million through the non-profit organisation the Noos Institute. Infanta Cristina was a member of the board, and Iñaki served as the director.

Specifically, Cristina was accused of using money from the organisation for personal expenses. Iñaki was arraigned on charges of tax fraud and money laundering. He and his business partner Diego Torres have been accused of hugely overcharging two regional governments (The Balearic Islands and Valencia) that participated in different sporting events organised by the Noos Institute.

Formal charges against him were brought in December 2011. However, charges were not brought against the Infanta until Spanish judge Jose Castro formalised the charges in June 2014. Fifteen other people besides Infanta Cristina and Iñaki have been indicted in the case, as well.

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