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Spanish Judge Asks Whether Princess Cristina Used Tax Amnesty

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- A judge probing corruption allegations involving Inaki Urdangarin, the son-in-law of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, sought information on whether he and his wife Princess Cristina made use of a tax amnesty last year.

Judge Jose Castro asked the tax authorities to disclose whether the Royal Couple had made use of the amnesty last year either personally or through a company, according to a statement from the high court of justice in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Urdangarin faced questioning from Castro on Feb. 23 as the judge probes allegations into his involvement in running the Noos Insitute, a non-profit organization aimed at making Spanish companies more competitive. Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player, has been named as an official suspect on six counts including fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.

The government offered citizens with undeclared offshore funds the chance to put their affairs in order last year before passing a law that requires residents to declare assets held outside the country to the tax authorities before the end of April.

A spokesman for the Royal Family, who asked not to be named in line with its policy, said Princess Cristina had no comment.

Urdangarin’s lawyer, Marius Pascual Vives, wasn’t immediately available when contacted by Bloomberg News.

The case is a private prosecution filed by groups including Clean Hands, a Madrid-based public workers union.

To contact the reporter on this story: Charles Penty in Madrid at cpenty@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Frank Connelly at fconnelly@bloomberg.net

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