Lawyers accused of filming Infanta Cristina in court to stand trial

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TWO lawyers accused of secretly filming the former Duchess of Palma Cristina de Borbon while she was testifying in the Noos corruption case will now have to stand trial. The incident occurred when the Infanta Cristina appeared before Judge Jose Castro back in February of 2014.
Mr Castro had explicitly forbidden people from bringing electronic devices such as tablets, phones, laptops or any other items able to perform recordings into the room. One of the accused is believed to have used a watch-camera to film the Infanta.
Court number 11 in Palma, led by judge Manuel Penalva, has dismissed the appeals issued by the alleged makers of the video, Jose Carvajal and Maria del Carmen Jimenez.
In a 45-page report, the judge said he believed that the two suspects attended the trial with the sole intention of secretly filming the Infanta during the interrogation.
The two lawyers said that their presence in the room was due to their work defending another suspect connected to the case, Robert Cockx.
However, the document asserts that not even one of the 1,082 questions that judge Jose Castro asked the Infanta Cristina was related in the slightest to the lawyers’ client.
The two lawyers will now have to stand trial, charged with a crime of disobedience.

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