Balearic High Court spared King Carlos’s Daughter Cristina “for the time being”

The Balearic High Court yesterday spared King Juan Carlos’s youngest daughter Cristina from being questioned “for the time being” in corruption probe that has plunged the royal family into scandal. The court in Palma de Mallorca said in a written ruling that it suspended the summons for Cristina, age 47, in a graft case against her husband, the Duke of Palma. It said it remained to be decided whether Cristina would be summoned to go before a judge in a separate tax and money-laundering case also linked to her husband. The affair has plunged Spain’s monarchy into a unprecedented crisis which has raised speculation over recent months that King Juan Carlos would abdicate and relax in his property in Mallorca. The initial summons for Cristina was the first time a direct relative of the King has been called to appear in court on suspicion of wrongdoing. The probe is examining whether Cristina’s husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, and his former business partner Diego Torres, embezzled six million euros in public funds meant for sports events.

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