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Emails show infanta Cristina's role in husband's business deals

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New evidence jeopardizes Spanish princess in money-laundering case

MADRID — New emails handed to judge José Castro who last month upheld charges against Spain’s Princess Cristina for money laundering and tax evasion in the corruption case known as Nóos, could see King Philip VI’s sister back in the dock once again.

These new documents are part of an appeal filed by the Duke of Palma Iñaki Urdangarin’s ex-partner Diego Torres, in his and his wife Ana María Tejeiro’s defence, claiming that, unlike their customers, the Infanta played a key role in and was aware of all of her husband’s business.

Torres’ lawyer Manuel González Peeters handed over unpublished emails that he hopes will prove that Princess Cristina lied when she told the court that she was unaware of her husband's business activity, and that the family business Aizoon that they both have a 50 percent stake in, was used for tax evasion and money laundering.

As reported yesterday in the newspaper El Confidential, in an email dated March 18, Urdangarin informs the princess of a gift bought from the luxurious firm Loewe that they both gave to the then Prince Felipe of Borbón that was paid for with a Aizzon company credit card.

“This is a visa extract that surprised us both. As you can see, the Loewe Brother bill has hit a peak. This includes Felipe’s gift,” Urdargarin writes, referring to a payment of 725 euros made on February 15 2003.

Peeters is asking for the case file against Torres and Tejeiro arguing that his clients could not commit any crime because when the Nóos foundation was formed everything was “validated and authorized” by the Head of State.

Peeters insists that this was because Urdangarin married the “seventh in the line to the throne” at that time.

In another email handed to the judge was a message Urdangarin sent to his family, members of the royal family, friends and employers informing them of the creation of the Nóos Institute in which at no time he refers to it as a non-profit organization.

The Torres-Tejeiro appeal was handed to the investigating judge in Palma de Mallorca José Castro. It will now be referred to the Provincial Court, which deliberates on all appeals that are submitted after an investigation’s closing date.

In his conclusions, published on June 23, Castro maintained the charges of money laundering and tax evasion against Princess Cristina, upon ruling that she has profited thanks to her husband’s illicit business deals.

With this ruling, Castro maintained the possibility that the current King Philip VI’s sister and daughter of the abdicated monarch Juan Carlos I appears in the dock, something that would be unprecedented for the Spanish Crown in the country’s democratic history.

Herald with Télam, online media

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