Palma.—The Duke and Duchess of Palma have already been stripped of the street named in their honour when they married in 1997, and now the first steps are about to be taken to strip him of his Balearic Gold Medal.

The motion has been on the table for several weeks and is heavily supported by left wing opposition parties in the Balearics.
But yesterday, Balearic Presidential spokesperson, Antonio Gomez, stressed that opposition politicians should take care to respect the fact that the Duke, who is married to the King of Spain's youngest daughter Cristina, is innocent until proven otherwise and that this constant “witch hunt” could, in the end, “damage the reputation of Palma and the Balearics as a whole.” The royal consort and his former business partner Diego Torres are suspected of having used the non-profit Noos Institute to divert about six million euros in public money into their own companies.

Urdangarin, who headed the Noos Institute from 2004 to 2006, already appeared before court in Palma in February 2012 and is due to appear again on February 23 to be questioned about three cases of alleged tax evasion. Yesterday, the Balearic government agreed to modify the Balearic Gold Medal statutes in the event that the Duke is found guilty or any other similar situation arises in the future.

If he is found guilty, he will looks certain to lose his medal, but until the judge Jose Castro reaches a verdict, no further action is expected to be taken.

The Duke has already been asked to stop using his title in public and society.
The case continues.