Crowds of reporters recorded Cristina’s entrance to the court. :: AFP
In five hours of interrogation in a Mallorca court, the King’s younger daughter denied all knowledge of her husband’s suspicious business arrangements
OnSaturday the Infanta Cristina made her much-anticipated appearance before Judge José Castro in a court in Palma de Mallorca. Cristina was called in for questioning under suspicion of fraud and money laundering in connection with the Noós case involving alleged embezzlement and other crimes on the part of her husband Iñaki Urdangarin.
As expected, the Infanta gave little away. In five hours she answered hundreds of questions with similar answers, mainly “I don’t know,” or “I don’t remember.”
She justified her lack of knowledge of the business carried out by a company she co-owned, Aizoón, by explaining that she simply trusted her husband. She did not admit to being aware that the credit card she used for eight years was charged to Aizoón, now thought to have been a cover for channelling public funds into private hands. Neither had she known, she said, what the company actually did, nor that some of her husband’s relatives were fictitious employees of the firm, nor that the firm’s address was her then home, the Pedralbes mansion, which was partly paid for by funds from this same company.
Cristina, who had smiled for the press on her way into the courthouse, remained composed throughout the questioning, only showing signs of anger when she was asked about a confusing loan-cum-donation made by her father, King Juan Carlos, to help them pay from the Barcelona property.