A Balearic Islands anti-corruption judge has imposed an 8.2 million euro bail for King Juan Carlos’ son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca, and a former business partner.
Authorities are investigating the two for using their Noós Institute non-profit to steal public funds.
The New York Timesnoted that it was the first member of the Spanish Royal Family to appear in court in modern history.
The anti-corruption judge has also subpoenaed Carlos García Revenga, secretary to Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina, Urdangarin’s wife. He has strongly denied wrongdoing and remains employed with the Royal Household.
King Juan Carlos, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia have severely distanced themselves from their in-law. There are also reports of concern among the Spanish nobility.
King Juan Carlos, amid an ongoing effort to improve Spain’s brand abroad, especially amid a brutal recession, hosted members of the diplomatic corps at the Royal Palace in Madrid this week.
The King expressed support for Spain becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. He also called for closer ties between European counties, and warned against blaming any one nation for the economic crisis.
“The world is increasingly complex and competitive,” the King said.
King Juan Carlos has also been meeting with newly-elected heads of different autonomous regions.
Upcoming is a much-anticipated meeting with Catalan President Artur Mas, who is expected to present His Majesty with a proposal for a referendum on independence.
The Royal Household also announced King Juan Carlos’ planned visit to Morocco. The King is close to the Moroccan monarch despite occasional tensions over Spanish enclaves in North Africa.