By: Steve Dellar | 06-14-2018 | News
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Spain - King’s Brother-In-Law To Be Jailed Instantly

No European Royal family has lived through so many scandals in recent years as the Spanish one. From former King Juan Carlos caught hunting elephants or cheating on his queen with a German baroness (look it up) to Queen Letizia openly fighting with her mother-in-law in a church (see our related coverage).

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And a Madrid judge just made matters worse when Mr. Iñaki Urdangarin, the husband of Princess Cristina de Borbón y Grecia, the sister of current Spanish King Felipe IV, lost his last appeal and was ordered to report to prison by the end of the week to serve his five-year sentence for fraud and embezzlement.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spain’s Supreme Court upholds prison sentence for Iñaki Urdangarin, lowers fine for Infanta Cristina <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) <a href="">June 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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This marks the very first time a member of a Spanish monarch's family to go to jail.

Last year already, his wife, Princess Cristina, had to appear in court to disprove that she knew anything about her husband’s illegal operations. At the time, she was the first member of the royal family to go on trial in modern Spanish history.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Spanish Supreme Court has confirmed the prison term for Iñaki Urdangarin, husband to Infanta Cristina. King Felipe&#39;s brother-in-law had his sentence reduced to 5yrs &amp; 10mths. Royal sources have said that the family respect the powers of the independent judicial system (Getty) <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; The Crown Chronicles (@crownchronicles) <a href="">June 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The whole story, which has been dragging on for years and now finally finds conclusion, has made the royal family in Spain ever more unpopular, with many political parties even calling for their ‘salaries’ to be abolished, claiming that the royals live without any regard for what normal Spanish people have to go through.

There is one last option for Mr. Urdangarin though, as he still has the right to seek a royal pardon from his brother-in-law, King Felipe.

But, given that 85% of the Spanish population feels that Mr. Urdangarin should go to jail if convicted, King Felipe has tried to distance himself from the case best he could.


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Anonymous No. 28654 2018-06-14 : 11:46

Wished we had this level of equal justice in the USA. (eg. a few rouge FBI, Hillary, Obama, Holder, etc…)

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