Spain's Princess Cristina acquitted, husband jailed
The husband of Spain's Princess Cristina has been jailed for more than 6 years in prison after being found guilty of charges that included fraud and tax evasion. The wife was acquitted of the same charges.
A panel of Judges who heard and determined the case said Princess Cristina was not guilty, but ordered her to pay fines of more than $280,000.
A panel of Judges who heard and determined the case said Princess Cristina was not guilty, but ordered her to pay fines of more than $280,000. The court in its ruling determined that she benefitted indirectly from her husbandInaki Urdangarin'sfraud. In addition to the jail sentence he was fined $545,000.
The couple was not present in court as they have been living in Switzerland together with their children since 2013, and have always pleaded their innocence.
A lawyer in Crostina's defense team, Miquel Roca, said that the Princess was satisfied that the court had absolved her of any wrong doing, but insisted that she was still convinced her husband was innocent.
"If we believed in the judicial system when the princess was made to sit in the dock, I think citizens can trust in it when she's absolved," Roca said in Barcelona.
A spokesperson for the Royal House told Spanish media that the royal family respected the Court's decision. The case can be appealed to the Supreme Court, but it was not clear whether Urdangarin would choose to do so.
Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player,had used his royal connections to win public contracts to put on events through his non-profit organization, the Noos Foundation, then overcharged for the events and hid millions of dollars in proceeds abroad, according to prosecutors.