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Spanish king's brother-in-law enters jail

Iñaki Urdangarin will serve a 5 years and 10 months sentence for a fraud case.


18 June 2018 09:14 AM


ACN | Barcelona

Spanish king's brother-in-law entered jail on Monday, after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld a ruling last week against him, stating that he must serve 5 years and 10 months behind bars for fraud. Iñaki Urdangarin, married to King Felipe VI's sister Cristina, went to a prison in Brieva, in the Avila region.  This is a women's prison with a small male compound which is currently empty. Because of this, the Spanish king's brother-in-law will not share spaces with other inmates.  

The Supreme Court judges found him guilty of misuse of public funds, breach of official duty, fraud against the administration, two fiscal crimes, and influence peddling.

For some years in the 2000s, Urdangarin was in charge of Instituto Nóos, a firm which mainly organized sporting events, but that also produced reports, among others thing, for public administrations.

Urdangarin was accused of obtaining public contracts for Instituto Nóos in the Valencia and the Balearic Islands regions by taking advantage of his status as the king’s relative. He was also charged over suspicion of embezzling funds from these contracts, to avoid paying taxes in Spain through a network of offshore companies.


  • Iñaki Urdangarin leaves the court in Palma on June 13 (photo courtesy of Reuters)

  • Iñaki Urdangarin leaves the court in Palma on June 13 (photo courtesy of Reuters)