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Spain's Princess Cristina to stand trial for tax fraud

Princess Cristina was cleared of money laundering charges in November.

By Aileen Graef
Princess Cristina (CC/ wikimedia.org/ Fishinwater)
Princess Cristina (CC/ wikimedia.org/ Fishinwater)

MADRID, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Spain's Princess Cristina de Borbón, sister to King Felipe VI, was formally charged and ordered to stand trial for tax fraud by a judge Monday.

Judge José Castro upheld the recommendation that she stand trial with 16 others, including her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who is standing trial for embezzlement, influence trafficking and falsifying documents.

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She is the first royal since the monarchy was reinstated 40 years ago to be criminally charged. Princess Cristina was cleared of money laundering charges in November, but is still tied to her husband's crimes.

Urdangarin is facing charges of tax fraud, money laundering, embezzlement of public funds, falsifying private contracts and influence peddling.

Miquel Roca, Princess Cristina's lawyer, called the ruling "serious, surprising and exceptional."

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