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Spanish Duke's day in court


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Spanish Duke's day in court

The King of Spain’s son-in-law has appeared in court for the first time to answer fraud and embezzlement charges in a case that is proving a rallying point for anti-monarchists.

Iñaki Urdangarin former handball player, now the Duke of Palma, told reporters: “I appear here today to demonstrate my innocence, my honour and my professional activity. For all these years I have discharged my duties and taken decisions properly and transparently.”

Hundreds of Republicans gathered outside the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca chanting “no monarchy” and eggs were thrown at the Duke’s car as it passed.

Urdangarin joined the Royal family when he married Princess Cristina in 1997. They now live in Washington.

It is alleged he misused millions of euros of public funds when running a not-for-profit institute in Spain from 2004 to 2006.

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