• Spain’s Princess Cristina goes on trial for tax fraud

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    MADRID: Spain’s Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband will go on trial Monday for corruption in a high stakes case likely to further damage the monarchy’s image. The highly anticipated trial of the royal couple and 16 other accused will run until June at a court in Palma, on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, where the Spanish royal family has a seaside holiday home. Cristina, 50, will be the first direct member of the royal family facing criminal charges since the monarchy was reinstated following the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975. The case is centered on the shady business deals of the Noos Institute, a charitable organization based in Palma which her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, chaired from 2004 to 2006.

    AFP

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