Spanish royal family member faces prison time

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Inaki Urdangarin, Spain's King Felipe VI brother-in-law, arrives at court to receive his imprisonment order in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, June 13, 2018.

Spanish royal family member faces prison time


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A court on Spain’s Mediterranean island of Mallorca has given Iñaki Urdangarin, the brother-in-law of the Spanish King, a five-day deadline to report to the penitentiary of his choice to serve a nearly six-year prison sentence.

Urdangarin was found guilty of colluding with Diego Torres, one of his business associate at the non-profit foundation, the Nóos Institute, in a scheme to secure no-bid contracts from the regional governments of Valencia and the Balearic Islands. According to the charges, the Nóos Institute used royal family links to secure public contracts for the organisation of sporting events.

Former Balearics premier Jaume Matas and Torres have also been found guilty.

All three men lost an appeal to the Supreme Court on Tuesday; they will continue to challenge the court’s decision but that will not delay the decision.

Urdangarin is married to Felipe VI’s sister, Cristina de Borbón, who sat on the board of the Aizoon company that is linked to money laundering allegations. She is to pay a fine for tax fraud and benefitting from her husband’s activity.

The couple was married in 1997 and have been stripped of their titles of Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. In 2013 they moved to Geneva. Legal experts speculate that Urdangarin could serve a quarter of his sentence and granted a special status so that he only spends weekday nights in jail.

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