Urdangarin Denies Royal Family Involvement

Iñaki Urdangarin told a judge over the weekend that the neither the Royal Household nor his wife, Infanta Cristina, were involved in his controversial business dealings.

Urdangarin, who has been under investigation for corruption associated with a non-profit organization he once led, tried to distance the Royal Family from the scandal.

Urdangarin testified in Mallorca, where is has become persona non grata. Anti-monarchy protesters were outside the courtroom.

In a related matter, there is a growing split between the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and its Catalonian (PSC) counterpart. They are divided over a possible referendum on independence and, more recently, PSC chief Pere Navarro asking for the King’s abdication.

King Juan Carlos meets with Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Sacadura Cabral Portas today.
King Juan Carlos meets with Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Sacadura Cabral Portas today.

A small leftist party is asking the Royal Household to distance itself or confirm claims in El Mundo by German princess and King Juan Carlos confidante Corinna zu Sayn Wittgenstein that she tried to find Urdangarin a job and has helped Spain on sensitive missions.

Queen Sofia at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Queen Sofia at the Royal Academy of Arts.
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