Judge refuses Duchess of Palma’s bail reduction request

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JOSE CASTRO, the judge in charge of the corruption case Noos, has rejected the bail reduction requested by the Duchess of Palma. The €2.7 million civil responsibility bail was issued on the Infanta Cristina back in December.
The Duchess’s lawyers Miquel Roca and Jesus Maria-Silva requested the figure be reduced to €449,500, which is the maximum amount they claimed the judge could ask according to law.
Pedro Horrach, prosecuting the case, surprisingly supported the lawyers’ request to reduce the bail, saying that the Infanta had not committed a fiscal crime, even though it was possible that she had benefitted from the money allegedly defrauded by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin.
However Mr Castro has dismissed the request in a judicial decree, explaining that the €2.7 million fine issued to the Infanta was six times the total that she is accused of defrauding during 2007 and 2008, increased by a third, as Spanish law establishes for these kinds of cases.
She had also requested mitigating circumstance to be considered, having deposited €587,413 in advance for damages.
However, the judge considers this to be controversial, due to the Duchess’ attitude.
“The Infanta never made herself available voluntarily to give her version of events,” reads the 15-pages-long text written by Mr Castro. It continues: “In her statement, finally obtained with great effort, she did not admit any of the charges, or even acknowledge an error on her part. This attitude is completely legal in judicial terms, but barely compatible to that of someone who is willing to repair damages done.”

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