Daughter of Spanish King Summoned In Corruption Probe

Her husband at issue in alleged money laundering

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Spain's Princess Cristina arrives to attend a funeral mass for Juan Antonio Samaranch at Barcelona's cathedral, April 22, 2010.

The Spanish king’s youngest daughter, Princess Cristina, was summoned Tuesday to appear in for an ongoing embezzlement investigation into the alleged laundering of public money by her husband.

Princess Cristina will appear in court in Palma de Mallorca on March 8 following the summons from Judge José Castro in what is known in Spain as the Nóos case investigation, Spanish paper El Pais reports. This is the second attempt by Castro to question Princess Cristina in the case that centers on her husband Iñaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player. The judge first tried summoning her in April 2013, but the Provincial Court of Palma De Mallorca blocked that attempt.

Urdangarin is accused, with his business partner Diego Torres, of siphoning off almost $8 million of public money between 2004 and 2006 from the governments of Valencia and the Balearics Islands through his non-profit group Nóos Institute.

The prosecuting attorney, Pedro Horrach, has said there are “no elements in the case” to charge the King’s daughter in the graft probe. However Castro has stated Princess Cristina should be questioned to uphold the principle that “justice is the same for everyone.”

[El Pais]