June 23rd, 2018

Court gives Spanish princess’ husband 5 days to go to prison

By The Associated Press on June 13, 2018.

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, Inaki Urdangarin, husband to Spain's Princess Cristina, leaves a courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday June 12, 2018 has upheld a lower court's verdict sentencing Urdangarin to almost six years behind bars, though it reduced his sentence by five months. The court ruled on an appeal that Inaki Urdangarin is guilty of fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes, but it acquitted him of a crime of forging documents. (AP Photo/Joan Llado, File)

MADRID – Judicial authorities have informed the brother-in-law of Spain’s King Felipe VI that he has to enter prison within five days to serve a sentence of five years and 10 months for fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes.

Public broadcaster TVE showed Inaki Urdangarin arriving Wednesday by car at the Palma de Mallorca court after landing on a commercial flight from Geneva, where the 50-year-old lives with his wife, Princess Cristina.

The provincial court ruled last year that Urdangarin embezzled about 6 million euros ($7 million) by exploiting his “privileged status” in the royal family to obtain public contracts related to sports events.

Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the lower court’s decision, but acquitted him of forgery and reduced his prison sentence by five months.

Cristina was fined for benefiting from her husband’s crimes.

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