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Friday, March 1, 2013
Spain: Royal Family Cleared in Noos Scandal
Judge Jose Castro does not consider there is any evidence, after two years of investigations, linking the Spanish Royal family to the activities of the Noos Institute.
Despite emails presented to the court by Urdangarín's co-director Diego Torres, in which the latter tried to frame the Royal family, the judge does not consider that the Royal family were in any way implicated in the 'Noos Case' involving the King and Queen's son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarín in a corruption and money-laundering scam.
This decision now ends all speculation that the King or either of his daughters, the Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma, who is married to Urdangarín or her sister, the Infanta Elena were part of the scandal.
Evidence does suggest that Urdangarín and Torres may have deliberately plotted to use the former's status as Duke of Palma to generate good PR for the Institute.
Judge Jose Castro says it is likely the case will end in a trial with all those implicated, plus witnesses, having to testify.