Posts tagged ‘corruption’

January 15, 2014

Infanta Cristina charged with tax fraud and money laundering

crismantilla1 The Spanish royal family was battered by further scandal on Tuesday when the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos was named as a formal suspect in a long-running corruption inquiry.
Nevertheless, the news that Cristina herself had been charged in the case came as a surprise, not only because the court had resisted doing so for so long, but because it seemed to suggest even to this jaded country that equality before the law might actually exist. At a newsstand on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, the headline of every paper noted the event in bold face.  “I think it’s good that they’re treating her like anyone else,” says kiosk worker Angeles Sánchez. “It’s about time.”
Princess Cristina, 48, has been summoned to answer allegations of money laundering and tax evasion. The princess would be the first member of the king’s family to appear in court since the restoration of the monarchy in 1975.
The charges relate to alleged embezzlement by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin. The former Olympic handball player and his business partner, Diego Torres, are accused of siphoning off €5.8m of public funds.The money was allegedly funnelled through their not-for-profit Instituto Nóos and their family business Aizoon, of which Cristina is co-owner.

October 18, 2013

Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma: beyond good and evil

  While Infanta Cristina is hiding in Suiza from Justice, the show goes on in the Spanish Circus.Investigating authorities allege that Iñaki Urdangarin (Duke of Palma), his wife Cristina de Brobón (Duchess of Palma and King’s daughter) and his former business partner Diego Torres funneled about 5 million euros ($6.4 million) in public funds to companies they controlled. The three ran a nonprofit organization called the Noos Institute, through which the funds were channeled and of which the princess was a board member.Spanish Royal Family
In a court document , investigating magistrate Judge Jose Castro said the princess was a board member on two of her husband’s companies. The magistrate added there was evidence the princess was aware that her husband had used her name and status in his dealings, from which both had benefited. Castro said such evidence could lead the princess to be classified as an accomplice. But just after Judge Castro formally named the princess as a suspect in his investigation, the prosecutor began acting as defense counsel for Princess Cristina. It took them only a few days to get the Princess out of any issue with Justice. Of course Justice is the same for everybody in the Spanish democracy. When General Franco put king Juan Carlos in charge of the Spanish Regime, they both showed the whole world the levels of democracy Spain was getting at the time. These days, many members of the Spanish Royal Family are supporting the recently created “Spain trademark” the way they know: showing the world who’s boss in the Spanish Regime.

April 5, 2013

We are not the enemy – victims of financial terror in Spain who lost their houses

A terrible video from people  affected by mortgages laws in Spain (the same laws the European Union has condemned as illegal practices by Spanish banks against people)

April 5, 2013

Baroness Carmen Cervera uses island haven in South Pacific to manage her art collection

Documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists show how Thyssen-Bornemisza built up part of her collection buying art from international auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s through a Cook Islands company. The offshore service provider now called Portcullis TrustNet helped with the arrangements under a secretive structure that connected people in as many as six different countries, just to evade paying taxes.

baronesa thyseenl

April 4, 2013

Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma (King Juan Carlos’s youngest daughter) accused in corruption inquiry

  It is reported to be the first court summons for a direct descendant of the Spanish king. Investigating Judge Jose Castro said Wednesday that fresh evidence suggested that she was aware that her husband used her name and status in dealings from which they both benefitted. She was a member of the board of the Noos Institute between 2004-2006, through which Duke of Palma won public contracts to stage sporting and tourism events. She also co-owned one of the private companies which her husband allegedly used to divert funds. Until now, the princess had avoided being dragged formally into the case, although accusations had been mounting up against her.


  Support for the monarchy reached a historic low of 54 percent, according to a poll in February in the aftermath of the Urdangarin scandal and following the king’s ill-fated Botswana safari to hunt elephants last April.

September 12, 2012

New facelift for the Spanish royal family


“my bald head itches” says JC

After the infamous “Elephant incident“, the “Froilan furtive shots” and the fraud scandal of the Dukes of Palma, image consultants of the Spanish royal family have designed an ambitious facelift plan: first they sended the Queen to Philippines, the King himself asked for sorry in a very emotive brief declaration in all TV channels, Prince Philipo appeared in many events related to business and finances (always good for the country), and they all have been seen much more than often in many sports acts and social acts.
If the popularity of the Spanish Royal Family had decreased in these last few years due to the Royal behaviour of some of their members, it seems this elaborated facelift plan is giving better results than Rajoy’s girl. (“Rajoy’s girl saga” was one of the most famous media events of the past years in the Spanish Regime)

People has now forgotten those elephants hunts in Botswana and those fraud scandals, and things are back where they were thanks to their efforts in the media. The press officer of the Royal Household has given several interviews in recent days (something not very usual in the Spanish regime) to promote the new look of the Spanish Crown to the media. The people of Spain have thanked them with a brand new website where every Royal member’s got his/her own Royal profile, her own photoalbum etc.. included, of course, the Dukes of Palma… aren’t they cute?

December 24, 2011

Fraud scandal in Spanish Royal Family: Absence of the Princesses in Congress

Princess Helen

A spokesman for the Royal Family has confirmed that the Princesses Elena and Cristina will not attend this year’s solemn opening ceremony of the Legislature.‭ ‬Nor will therefore be the Duke of Palma,‭ ‬Iñaki Urdargarín currently under judicial investigation for alleged irregular activities of the Noos Institute he and Princess Cristina were presiding.

Hiding from the press

Bad times for the Spanish royal family,‭ ‬now under the spotlight of journalists for their implications in fraudulent financial activities with some leaders of Partido Popular (political arm of General Franco’s way of thinking after his death, now in the Spanish Government). Even today the full implications are unknown in this case of corruption and financial scandals. So far are known to be several hundred million € fraud over the business of Iñaki & Cristina, Dukes of Palma.

December 20, 2011

Corruption in the spanish Royal Family

elementos españoles:Urdangarin,Barbera y Camps

Iñaki Urdangarin, son in law of the king of Spain, married to one of his daughter (wich is also involved) next to some PP leaders involved in the Gurtel scandal. These are the faces of the new corruption lead by members of PP, PSOE, the royal family, banks, insurance companies, etc… perhaps this is one of the reasons why Spain is plunged into misery?

December 18, 2011

A very high number of Spanish citizens believe that the royal family knew about the illegal activities of the Dukes of Palma, but not reported to the authorities

encuesta sobre el conocimiento de la familia real española sobre las actividades delictivas del duque de palma