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Spain’s Former King Says He’s Leaving Nation Amid Monetary Scandal

Spain’s Former King Says He’s Leaving Country Amid Financial Scandal


(MADRID) — Spain’s former monarch, King Juan Carlos I, says he’s leaving Spain to stay abroad amid a monetary scandal.

The royal household’s web site on Monday revealed a letter from Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, saying “I’m informing you of my thought-about determination to maneuver, throughout this era, out of Spain.”

Juan Carlos, within the letter, says he made the choice towards the backdrop of “public repercussions of sure episodes of my previous non-public life.”

He says he desires to make sure he doesn’t make his son’s function troublesome, including “my legacy and my very own dignity, demand that it ought to be so.” He didn’t say which nation he shall be shifting to.

Juan Carlos’s lawyer, Javier Sánchez-Junco Mans, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the previous king had requested him to clarify that though he shall be exterior Spain he intends to be out there to cooperate with the investigation.

The 82-year-old former king is credited with serving to Spain peacefully restore democracy after the demise of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

However marred by scandals within the later years of his reign, Juan Carlos in 2014 abdicated in favor of his son Felipe VI, dropping the inviolability safety Spain’s Structure grants to the top of state.

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Spain’s prime minister just lately mentioned he discovered the developments about Juan Carlos—together with investigations in Spain and Switzerland—“disturbing.”

Since Spain’s Supreme Court docket opened its probe earlier this 12 months, Spanish media retailers have revealed damaging testimony from a separate Swiss investigation into thousands and thousands of euros ({dollars}) that had been allegedly given to Juan Carlos by Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah.

Juan Carlos allegedly then transferred a big quantity to a former companion in what investigators are contemplating as a potential try to cover the cash from authorities.

After media studies claimed Felipe was a beneficiary of an offshore account holding an alleged 65 million-euro present ( $76 million) from Saudi Arabia to Juan Carlos, Felipe renounced any future private inheritance he would possibly obtain from the previous king. Felipe additionally stripped his father of his annual stipend of 194,232 euros ($228,000.)

The royal home has denied that Felipe had any data of his father’s alleged monetary irregularities.