Infanta Cristina Testifies

Infanta Cristina, King Juan Carlos’ youngest daughter, testified yesterday for several hours before a Balearic Islands judge in connection with her husband’s corruption investigation.

Infanta Cristina, according to media reports, said she trusted her husband and also appeared to vouch for his innocence.

Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma. Photo courtesy Organization of American States via Flickr.
Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma. Photo courtesy Organization of American States via Flickr.

Anti-corruption investigators believe the the infanta’s husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, used a sports related foundation to funnel public funds for personal use.

Even though prosecutors did not want to involve the King’s daughter in the formal investigation, Judge José Castro called her to testify over whether she had any knowledge or played a part in any crimes.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia host a reception for diplomats in Spain at the throne room of the Royal Palace in Madrid. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia host a reception for diplomats in Spain at the throne room of the Royal Palace in Madrid.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The case has become a major headache for the Royal Family amid Spain’s economic crisis and the public’s widespread disdain for people in power.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
Prince Felipe in Tunisia last week celebrating the country’s new Constitution.
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

About 200 agents were at the courthouse for security, said media reports. There were also numerous supporters and anti-monarchy protesters. She smiled and greeted the crowd.

Officials allowed Infanta Cristina’s drivers to drop her off near the courthouse door but they denied any special treatment.

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