Spanish Government Prepares Legal Shield for King: El Pais

The Spanish government is preparing legal protection for King Juan Carlos, who is set to lose his constitutional immunity from prosecution once his son Felipe becomes head of state next week, El Pais reported, without saying how it obtained the information.

The government will give the king a special legal status under which criminal or civil complaints against him can only be heard by the country’s Supreme Court, the newspaper said. The protection will also cover any offenses committed outside the exercise of his official duties, El Pais reported.

In 2012, courts threw out two paternity suits against the king citing his constitutional immunity and those cases could be heard by a judge after the abdication, the newspaper said.

A spokesman for the king declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg.

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