Palma.—Members of the royal household remained in Palma yesterday after having inspected the courthouse on Wednesday and another meeting was due to take place yesterday evening to discuss security measures for February 25.

Apart from planned protests, as many as 60 members of the media are accredited to cover the Duke's court appearance and the big question is whether Iñaki Urdangarin, who is married to the King of Spain's youngest daughter Princess Cristina, will walk to the courthouse or be driven in round the back of the building.

In theory, the royal household has made it clear that the Duke should receive no preferential treatment, but the courts and the police in Palma are awaiting confirmation from the royal household.

The police, however, yesterday recommended that he be driven to the court for security reasons.
The 44-year-old is a suspect in the probe into corruption at a non-profit organisation, Instituto Noos, which he headed between 2004 and 2006.
The investigation centres on the payment of several million euros to Instituto Noos for organising a tourism and sports conference in 2005 and 2006 here in the Balearics.

Today, Judge Jose Castro, who is presiding over the case, will begin questioning the first group of suspects, including the Duke's former partner in the institute, Diego Torres, his wife and two others.


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