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Princess Cristina of Spain found not guilty in tax fraud case, husband jailed

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Queen Letizia of Spain’ssister-in-law, Infanta Cristina, has been found not guilty in the tax fraudcase, which first began in 2010. King Felipe’s sister was acquitted of criminal conduct, while her husbandIñaki Urdangarin wassentenced to six years and three months in prison by the court in Majorca. According to the New York Times, on Friday, the court accepted Cristina’s "argument that she had not been aware of any wrongdoing by her husband or the companies with which he did business," though she was "fined more than €265,000."


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The 51-year-old's husband, a former Olympic handball medalist, was accused of exploiting his royal connections to win contracts and embezzle millions in public funds for private spending. Back in 2015, King Felipe stripped his sister of her title, the Duchess of Palma deMallorca. The decree to revoke her rightto use the title was signed by the King and Spanish Prime Minister MarianoRajoy. At the time, Cristina's lawyer stressed that his client was "incomplete agreement" with her brother's decision and that she communicatedher desire to give her title voluntarily "days ago."




Cristina, who issixth-in-line to the throne, was the first member of the Spanish royal family to go ontrial since the monarchy’s restoration in 1975. The Princess’ 1997 wedding in Barcelona to Iñaki was a fairytale occasion,with Cristina being given away by her father, the then-monarch King JuanCarlos. Following their nuptials, the couple went on to have four childrentogether – daughter Irene and sons Juan, Pablo and Miguel.

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