Iñaki Urdangarin leaving court in Palma last year. | Miquel À. Cañellas

The Supreme Court rulings in respect of appeals arising from sentences handed out in the "caso Nóos" are expected at some point in the first half of May. Acquittals of the husband of Princess Cristina, Iñaki Urdangarin, his one-time business partner at the Nóos Institute, Diego Torres, and the ex-Balearic president, Jaume Matas, are not anticipated.

Once the court delivers its rulings, responsibility falls to the Provincial Court in Palma to follow standard procedures. This was the court where the sentences were passed, and the defendants will be summoned in order to be notified of orders to enter prison. There is typically a five-day period for them to do so. Another possibility is to request suspended sentences. For this to happen, no individual charge would carry more than a two-year tariff. If this is the case, the Provincial Court would have to decide.

Further options would be to request a pardon or an appeal to the Constitutional Court.

The sentences of the Provincial Court following the trial last year were: Urdangarin, six years and three months; Torres, eight years and six months; Matas, three years and six months.