- The Washington Times
Monday, December 22, 2014

Spain’s Princess Cristina de Borbon, the sister of King Felipe VI, is due to stand trial for tax fraud — the first Spanish royal to ever face a criminal prosecution in open court.

Her father Juan Carlos gave up the throne just a few months ago, due to emerging scandals including one that looked into possible embezzlement charges again Inaki Urdangarin, Ms. de Borbon’s husband and a former Olympic handball athlete, Reuters reported.

Now Ms. de Borbon, 49, and her husband will stand trial — along with 15 other people — and face allegations about fraud involving the Noos Foundation charity, a nonprofit operated and overseen by Mr. Urdangarin, Reuters said.

Both Ms. de Borbon and her husband say they are innocent. The princess faces two tax-related charges, while Mr. Urdangarin faces breach of legal duty, embezzling public funds, fraud, influence-peddling and money-laundering, Reuters said.

They have been given 20 days to deposit the amount of money the foundation is short, or face a seizure of their assets, Reuters reported.

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