Iñaki Urdangarin. Was his sentence too lenient? | Miquel A. Cañellas


A poll by the Balearic Institute of Advanced Social Studies finds that an overwhelming majority of people in the Balearics considered that Iñaki Urdangarin and Princess Cristina got off lightly when it came to verdicts and sentencing in respect of the Nóos trial.

More than half of the 1,000 people surveyed (58%) believed that the sentence of six years and three months handed to Urdangarin was lenient. A higher number (77%) thought the acquittal of the princess was a case of her being favoured because she is the sister of King Felipe. Only twelve per cent felt that her acquittal was fair.

There was some difference in opinion depending on location. In Minorca, 87% of respondents took issue with the acquittal, a slightly higher percentage than the 85% in Palma. Away from the city, 74% of people in Majorca believed she had been treated favourably.

There was a similar difference with regard to Urdangarin, though in this instance fewer people in Minorca (41%) felt that his sentence was lenient. The highest number was in Palma (63%). In Minorca, 36% thought it was fair, whereas the general number was 23%.

The survey was conducted in the week following the sentencing verdicts and the decision that Urdangarin need not go to prison pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.