Smiles as the Infanta leaves court on Saturday afternoon.

10-02-2014ALBERT GEA

By Jason Moore
Palma.—So what next was the question most Spaniards  were asking themselves yesterday after the Infanta Cristina, the King of Spain´s youngest daughter, was questioned at length by Palma judge Jose Castro  on Saturday.
The court hearing lasted longer than most people expected, the general view was that she would be on the lunch-time flight to Madrid on Saturday, in the end the hearing finished late evening.
The Infanta Cristina faced preliminary charges of tax fraud and money laundering linked to her use of income from a shell company she owned with her husband Inaki Urdangarin. Both the princess and Urdangarin - who have not represented the Crown at official events since 2011 - have denied any wrong-doing.
Urdangarin is charged with crimes including the embezzlement of 6 million euros ($8.17 million) of public money at a charitable foundation he ran where the princess was a board member.
The former Olympic handball player, is accused of using his royal connections to win generous no-bid contracts from the Balearic government to put on sports and marketing events before a 2008 property market crash, when local governments were awash with cash.


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