Iñaki Urdangarin is currently at liberty pending his appeal to the Supreme Court.

23-02-2017Miquel A. Cañellas

The anti-corruption prosecutor, Pedro Horrach, says that, in his opinion, Iñaki Urdangarin and his former business partner, Diego Torres, will have to go to prison.

Horrach was speaking at a seminar organised by the Spanish Police Confederation and the CSI-F civil servants' union. He referred to the appeals that have been lodged by Urdangarin and Torres against the sentences handed down at the Nóos trial. Horrach explained that without knowing the content of the appeals, it was difficult to assess them.

In principle, he added, definitive sentences have been given, pending the appeals to the Supreme Court. "It will depend on the Supreme Court," he said, but with the sentences as they are, they would both have to go to prison.

Urdangarin was sentenced to six years and three months and Torres to eight years and six months, having been found guilty of the diversion of more than six million euros of public money.

Princess Cristina, Urdangarin's wife, was acquitted but was still liable to a civil liability payment. She has decided not to appeal. Jaume Matas, the former president of the Balearics, is appealing his sentence, while the prosecution service, the state and regional attorneys have all lodged appeals. Manos Limpias, which brought the case against Princess Cristina (the state did not), is also appealing, despite it having been discredited by extortion charges.

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Frank / Hace over 4 years

The reason that this trial is taking so long is that all those involved are trying to avoid him going to prison. It's a legal climb-down, and the passage of time helps to quell the public's interest in justice. In reality it's all farcical nonsense.

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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

I would be surprised if he ever spends a single day in prison.

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