Iñaki Urdangarin, son-in-law of King Juan Carlos of Spain, will have to declare this Saturday before Judge of Palma de Mallorca Jose Castro, within the case he is under investigation for alleged corruption, that little by little, has involved the royal family.
Two of the most important newspapers in Spain, “El Pais” and “El Mundo”, reproduced emails attributed to Iñaki Urdangarin, husband of Princes Cristina, which seemed to indicate that the King would have supported and followed closely his career as a businessman, endangering the Royal House.
According to the newspaper El País, last Saturday Diego Torres, Urdangarin partner, told the judge that “the King’s House supervised the activity of Nóos Institute “. The now former partner “pointed directly to the King, who was initially referred to as ‘the boss’.
Those e-mails, provided by Diego Torres, demonstrate profitable initiatives of the brother in law of Prince Felipe. While he was earning hundreds of thousands of euros for several irregular contracts, between 2004 and 2006 he was negotiating with Corinna Sayn-Wittgenstein, a 46 year- old German aristocrat and mistress of King Juan Carlos for four years, an institutional position in the Laureus Foundation which would had granted him an annual salary that surpassed the 200,000 euros. That negotiation never succeeded.
The anti-corruption prosecutor’s office also is tracking who favored the assistance of the broker and German princess to the Valencia Summit on 2004, a touristic sports event organized by Iñaki Urdangarin and Diego Torres.
“Excuse my silence for the last few days but wanted to check with my father in law (…) before responding,” Urdangarin wrote to Sayn-Wittgenstein in March 2005, in one of the emails published on Monday.
According to the European press, Torres’ defense have provided the Judge about 200 emails.
In addition, the personal secretary of the Princesses Elena, 49, and Cristina, 47, had been charged in the case and called to testify on Feb. 23. Carlos Garcia Revenga, will be questioned about the advisory and consulting work between Urdangarin and the King”, according to a judicial source. According to El País, this man, is “much more than a secretary” is a new link that falls in the fence that separates the royal family from Judge Castro.