Police hold back the crush as prosecutor Pedro Horrach addresses the media. | Miquel A. Cañellas
The acquittal of Princess Cristina on a charge of tax fraud should really come as no surprise. She faced prosecution from Manos Limpias, the discredited so-called union that has been ordered to pay 100% of the princess' costs. The revelations of alleged extortion by Manos Limpias will not have coloured the judges' decisions but they didn't help the credibility of the case against the princess, which had already been brought into question by the chief anti-corruption prosecutor, Pedro Horrach.