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Spanish parliament rules out probe of ex-king Juan Carlos over money laundering

The Spanish parliament decided Tuesday that it would not conduct an investigation into suspected money laundering by former king Juan Carlos even though a Swiss probe will reportedly go ahead.

Spanish parliament rules out probe of ex-king Juan Carlos over money laundering
Spain´s former King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia attend a ceremony to celebrate his 80´s birthday in 2018. Photo: AFP

Spain's hard-left Podemos party had called for the enquiry but an executive body “did not accept the request for an investigation commission to be created,” a parliament source said.

A week ago, the daily Tribune de Geneve reported that in 2008, Juan Carlos had received $100 million (88 million euros) from Saudi king Abdallah via the Swiss account of an entity listed in Panama.

The newspaper added that in 2012, $65 million of that sum was given by the king to his former mistress, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.   

It quoted sources close to the matter as saying that the transactions are at the centre of an investigation opened in 2018 in Geneva for “suspected aggravated money laundering.”

The Geneva prosecutor has not responded to requests by AFP for information on the matter.

Juan Carlos, 82, lost his immunity from prosecution after handing power to his son, Felipe, in June 2014 following a 39-year reign. He resigned from public life last year.

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Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel have both tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, although the pair have very mild cold symptoms.

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time
Both Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: TT

Sweden’s Royal Court announced that Prince Daniel had tested positive in a press release issued on Sunday, while Crown Princess Victoria’s second infection was revealed in another release on Saturday.

The royal couple, who are both fully vaccinated, first tested positive for the virus in March last year, and have only mild symptoms. 

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According to the press releases Prince Daniel was suffering “very mild symptoms and feels well”, while Princess Victoria has “the symptoms of a cold but otherwise feels well”.  

The couple are both now isolating in Haga Palace in the north of Stockholm, where they have lived since 2010. 

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who are triple-vaccinated, both tested positive on Tuesday. The couple are now symptom-free, but are continuing their isolation at Drottningholm Palace to the west of Stockholm. 

Prince Carl Philip, Victoria’s younger brother, and his wife Princess Sofia were the first Swedish royals to test positive in November 2020. 

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