Former Royal Adviser Defends Card Use

Rafael Spottorno, former head of the Spanish Royal Household under King Juan Carlos and top adviser under King Felipe, is defending the use of a controversial credit card, which led to his downfall.

Spottorno used a card from the bank Caja Madrid when he was head of the institution’s charitable arm. He is said to have spent more than 200,000 euros with it.

A number of public officials are under investigation for receiving and using cards from the government-owned bank. Spottorno left the Royal Household advisory role because of it.

But in a recent court hearing Spottorno said the card was legitimate and for personal expenses as part of his salary.

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