By Humphrey Carter
Palma.—The Palma judge investigating the Noos Corruption case, Jose Castro, yesterday gave Princess Cristina, her husband the Duke of Palma, Iñaki Urdangarin and the other 15 suspects in the case, have been given until 1 April to present their written defense to the Palma court where they will stand trial later this year.
The Spanish king’s sister, is facing a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband’s business dealings.
It is the first time for modern Spain to put a royal in the dock to face trial.
Her husband is accused of embezzling millions in public funds with a former business partner.
The couple deny wrongdoing. But, prosecutors in Palma, say Urdangarin’s sports foundation misused public money, much of it from the regional governments here in the Balearics and Valencia.
It is alleged that €5.6m (£4.6m) of public money went missing from the Noos Institute, a charitable sports foundation, when Urdangarin was in charge of it.
Princess Cristina, 49, is under suspicion over €2.6m of that money.
She is the sister of King Felipe VI, and youngest daughter of the former king, Juan Carlos.
The allegations relate to business affairs in 2007-2008.
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