King Felipe and his mother the former Queen Sofia.

05-04-2015ALONSO M GAMERO

The defence for Diego Torres, the ex-business partner of Iñaki Urdangarin (the Duke of Palma), has proposed that a total of 696 witnesses are called to give evidence in respect of the “caso Noos” which will be heard by a Palma court later this year.  These include Urdangarin’s brother-in-law, King Felipe, the former king and queen, Juan Carlos and Sofia, and Urdangarin’s sister-in-law, Princess Elena. The judiciary will make a decision on whether they will be called to give evidence this summer.   Documentation forwarded to Judge Jose Castro by the defence is intended to rebut accusations against Torres made by the Anti-Corruption Prosecution, which is calling for Torres to go to prison for sixteen and a half years. Part of the defence is that the Royal Family was aware of activities undertaken by the Instituto Noos (in which Torres and Urdangarin were partners). According to the defence lawyer Manuel Gonzalez Peeters, nothing was ever done at Noos without Carlos Garcia-Revenga, the secretary to the two princesses - Elena and Urdangarin’s wife, Cristina - being informed and without his authorisation. As this was the case, argues the defence, there was always total transparency and it would have been impossible, because of the army of advisers available to the Royal Family, for Torres and his wife (who has also been implicated) to have been involved in anything suspicious or anomalous.  The defence is also requesting that the German aristocrat, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, makes a declaration to the judge, as she had assisted in Urdangarin having been taken on by an international foundation.

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