THE Infanta Cristina of Spain may stand trial for tax offences.
Following the ruling handed down today by the Provincial Court of Palma unanimously upholding the accusation against her in the ‘Noos’ case, the Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, 49, will possibly have to stand trial with her husband Iñaki Urdangarin for her alleged cooperation in the commission of two tax offences.
The court, however, dismissed the lawsuit filed against her for money laundering.
A writ served on June 25 by examining magistrate Jose Castro accused her of “actively cooperating” with her husband to defraud the tax collector and spend diverted public funds.
The Public Prosecutor Against Corruption, Pedro Horrach, has always opposed the accusation against the younger of the King’s sisters and said examining magistrate Castro had decided to bring the accusation against her without having assessed the evidence in a fair way.
The Infanta reportedly waited for the news in her Switzerland home. Her lawyers – Miquel Roca and Jesus Silva – called the princess on the phone to tell her the news and discuss their next steps.
She was expectant but calm, said Silva, adding that the Infanta had decided to wait for the news in Switzerland, because her presence in Barcelona would not significantly change things.