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Accusations against Cristina’s secretary leave her more exposed than ever
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Closing in on the Infanta
The Infanta Cristina in a file photo. :: SUR
So far the King’s daughter, Cristina de Borbón, has escaped questioning in the Nóos investigation which could see her husband Iñaki Urdangarín behind bars.
At the end of last month, though, the secretary to both Infantas Cristina and Elena, Carlos García Revenga, was interrogated by Judge José Castro and has joined the growing list of people formally accused in the corruption case.
This leaves the King’s daughter as the only one of the five Nóos board members not to be called in for questioning, even as a witness. So far she has not had to deny knowing that this non-profit institution was allegedly being used to channel more than 15 million euros, including six million of public funds, into private hands.
It was the judge in charge of the case, ahead of the anti-corruption prosecution department, who took the delicate decision to draw the Infanta’s secretary, friend and adviser into the proceedings. This came after Urdangarin’s former partner, Diego Torres, revealed emails that indicated that García Revenga was involved in the everyday running of the Nóos institute.
In fact Diego Torres and his lawyer Manuel González Peeters, armed with an unknown amount of ammunition in the form of more compromising emails, seem to be in control of proceedings. Information released by Urdangarin’s former best friend and confidant appears to have more effect on the proceedings than any investigations carried out by the judicial police.
Before Torres produced his famous emails, of which he promises there are many more, the judge had completely ruled out questioning the secretary. If this decision is revocable, then so might be his decision not to question Cristina or the King’s adviser, José Manuel Romero Moreno.
It is no secret that Torres is affronted by the fact that his own wife Ana María Tejeiro has been questioned and accused, while Urdangarin’s wife remains untouched. González Peeters has already put in a complaint regarding this “discrimination”. It was when the judge refused to lift the accusations affecting Tejeiro that the famous emails started to come to light.
So far only one of the messages has directly involved the Infanta, explaining how she, and in fact her father the King, intervened to allow the FDCIS (a foundation for disabled children supposedly used to siphon funds to tax havens) a second representative in the Americas Cup.
González Peeters says he has around a hundred more emails, many of which are likely to involve the Infanta and, perhaps, the royal family.
For both judge and prosecution it will be difficult to justify not accusing the Infanta if her name comes up in more of Torres’s emails, making it clear that she knew what was going on in Nóos and FDCIS and how funds were being diverted from these institutions to Aizoon, the company she co-owns with her husband.
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