Spain’s Princess Cristina and her husband go on trial under extreme international media examination in a landmark corruption case that has outraged the nation and sullied the standing of the monarchy.
Cristina, a 50-year old mum-of-four having a master’s degree from New York University, is going to function as the first Spanish royal to handle criminal charges because the monarchy was reinstated following the 1975 death of dictator General Francisco Franco.
Numerous journalists from all over the world have flocked to cover the entrance of the princess for the start of legal proceedings as well as a bunch of protesters is likely to fill the roads outside the courthouse.
The trial comes as Spain seethes over continued corruption scandals which have exposed trade unions, politicians, bankers and footballers, eroding Spaniards’ faith in elites and their institutions following a government austerity drive as well as an important economic crisis.
The case is centred on the unethical business deals of the Noos Institute, a charitable organization located in Palma which 47, Urdangarin, chaired from 2004.