Spanish duke faces judge over corruption claims

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The son-in-law of Spain’s King Juan Carlos is appearing before a judge in Majorca to decide whether he will face trial for corruption.

The Duke of Palma, Inaki Urdangarin, is facing allegations that he misused public funds, diverting some of the money meant for a non-profit organisation he ran, to private companies.

According to earlier Spanish media reports, the accusations relate to six million euros worth of funding.

The former Olympic handball player, who is married to Princess Cristina, has denied any wrongdoing.

The case has created negative press for the Spanish royals at home and today’s court appearance will put the family in the spotlight once again.

Without mentioning the case directly in his Christmas address, King Juan Carlos made clear references to it, saying “justice is the same for everybody.”