THE Infanta Cristina will stand trial for her alleged participation in the Noos corruption case.
Judge Jose Castro announced on Monday (December 22) that the Duchess of Palma and younger sister of King Felipe VI will have to stand trial for her alleged cooperation in two tax offences committed by her husband Iñaki Urdangarin.
According to the judge, the role played by the Infanta enabled her husband Iñaki Urdangarin to defraud Spanish tax authorities of €337,138 through Aizoon, a company they both own.
Judge Castro decided not to apply the Botin Doctrine in the Duchess’s case, according to which the investigating judge may decide to close the case if neither the public prosecutor nor the affected parties wish the suspect to be prosecuted, and ruled that the private prosecution against the Infanta – represented by trade union Manos Limpias – is enough to take the King’s sister to trial.
Neither the Anti-Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office nor the Spanish tax authorities – the affected party – think there is proof the Infanta committed a crime that would make her criminally liable in connection with the Noos corruption case.