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Urdangarin chooses a jail with only female inmates

The prison near Ávila is a low security complex.
The prison near Ávila is a low security complex. / Óscar Chamorro
  • The King's brother-in-law started his sentence on Monday

The brother-in-law of the King, Iñaki Urdangarin, entered prison on Monday morning to begin his five-year -and-10-month jail sentence for fraud, embezzlement and tax crimes.

Last week Urdangarin saw his appeal chances run out in a Supreme Court ruling and has chosen, as is his right, a prison in Ávila (Castilla y León) from a shortlist.

The jail is remarkable in that Urdangarin, who is married to King Felipe's sister, Cristina de Borbón, will be the only male inmate, in his own wing. There are 95 other prisoners, all female, in other wings at the under-occupied centre.