Judge Seizes Royal Mansion

Balearic Islands Judge José Castro this month seized the Barcelona mansion of King Juan Carlos’ daughter, Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma.

The mansion and other properties are serving as bond in the ongoing corruption case surrounding Urdangarin and former business partner Diego Torres, several news outlets reported.

Authorities accuse the Duke of using a non-profit company to make money from contracts with various government entities. He has claimed innocence.

Infanta Cristina and her husband greet President Obama in Washington, D.C. in 2011. © Agencia EFE
Infanta Cristina and her husband greet President Obama in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
© Agencia EFE

The Barcelona mansion has been empty, with Infanta Cristina now living and working in Switzerland.

The home is, of course, not among the official Royal Palaces owned by the Spanish state or by local governments.

Click here for pictures of the home.

Update: A Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor involved in the case has again said he has no intention of formally involving Infanta Cristina as a suspect.

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