The Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin in 2007. :: EFE
José Castro, the investigating judge in the ‘Caso Nóos’ has delivered his official conclusions of the four-year investigation into the embezzlement scandal.
The 167-page document confirms the Infanta Cristina as being suspected of three separate crimes - two counts of tax fraud and one of actively collaborating in the financial irregularities carried out by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin.
This leaves King Felipe’s sister facing the prospect of appearing as a defendant in a long trial and, if found guilty of her alleged crimes, she could face prison sentences of between two, five and 16 years.
Urdangarin is accused of a dozen crimes, including perverting the course of justice, embezzlement, fraud, tax evasion and falsifying documents. If found guilty, he faces between eight and 34 years in jail.
A further 14 of the original 32 people suspected of participating in the fraud have also been signalled out for prosecution in the judge’s statement.
These include Urdangarin’s former business partner, Diego Torres, Torres’s wife, Ana María Tejeiro, his brothers-in-law and a number of high ranking members of the Balearic government, among them Jaume Matas, the ex-president.
The only good piece of news for the royal family is that suspicions over Carlos García-Revenga, the Infanta’s private secretary, have been lifted, due to a lack of evidence of any involvement in the case although he was a member of the Instituto Nóos.
Castro has made it clear that he did not believe a single word of Infanta Cristina’s testimony when she appeared in court in March.
On that occasion she insisted, dozens of times, that in spite of being a joint partner in the real estate business, Aizoon, that her husband was running, she knew nothing about it or his financial affairs.
“The crimes against the tax authorities that Urdangarin is accused of would have been difficult to carry out without, at the very least, the knowledge and acquiescence of his wife,” states the judge.
In response to Castro’s decision to go ahead with putting the Infanta on trial, the public prosecutor, Pedro Horrach, launched - less than 24 hours later - an appeal to stop this happening.
In the process, Horrach, who has always insisted that the Infanta should remain out of the proceedings, accused Castro of being biased against the royal family, of succumbing to media pressure and of being willfully provocative.