Thursday, September 16

Juan Carlos I communicated its regularization hours after the Prosecutor’s Office secretly stated that it is investigating four crimes

The former head of State, Juan Carlos I, reported that he had paid the Treasury more than four million euros pending that until then he had hidden from the treasury 48 hours after the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office sent a rogatory commission to Switzerland describing the king emeritus as a Fate of international commission agent suspected of having committed four crimes.

This rogatory commission requesting information was sent from Madrid to Geneva on February 24, but its content did not reach public opinion until the night of this September 2, when the newspaper ‘El Mundo’ reported that it indicated that Juan Carlos I could have incurred in money laundering, a crime against the Public Treasury, bribery and influence peddling.

The newspaper ‘El País’ revealed the aforementioned payment to the Treasury on February 25 and the following day the king’s lawyer, Javier Sánchez Junco, published a note in which he estimated at 4.4 million the amount regularized by the expenses borne by the Zagatka Foundation and in which he emphasized that it was the decision of the emeritus monarch to regularize his situation with the Treasury and it occurred without the Treasury having made any “requirement” beforehand.

With this affirmation, the defense of the monarch defended an alleged spontaneous action by Juan Carlos I that occurred hours after the Office of the Supreme Court Prosecutor sent the rogatory commission to Switzerland using statements never before expressed on the evidence of crime that exist against him. former head of the Spanish state.

This fiscal regularization was the second to which Juan Carlos I took advantage of after revealed on November 3, 2020 that he and other members of the royal family had enjoyed, through bank cards, undeclared funds to Tax authorities. The following month, in December of last year, the emeritus king gave the Treasury 678,394 euros for the amounts enjoyed with those cards with his back to the treasury in his first move to avoid the opening of a criminal case for tax offenses and possible money laundering.

That first payment to the Treasury occurred after the information from and when a year had passed since the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office interrogated the former assistant to King Lieutenant Colonel Nicolás Murga, through whom the payments for the cards from the Mexican businessman friend of King Allen Sanginés-Krause would have been channeled. The newspaper published after the December 2020 regularization that the Prosecutor’s Office had officially reported before the monarch, in November, of the investigation proceedings opened against him.

To date, these investigation procedures have not been transformed into a complaint before the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, a judicial body before which Juan Carlos I has been registered since his abdication in 2014. Sources from the Prosecutor’s Office maintain that the delay in the response of the letters rogatory sent to several countries to obtain information on the monarch’s activity have not allowed the filing of a complaint against Juan Carlos I for alleged crimes committed since he lost inviolability.

At least at the time of the regularization of the more than 4 million euros, the Tax Agency had not opened an inspection to the monarch, despite the fact that it had been public for months that he had enjoyed more than 8 million euros in flights and hotels paid for by the foundation created in Liechtestain by a cousin of the king and that he never declared to the Treasury, which provoked complaints from the associations of Technicians and Inspectors of the Ministry. At the same time, the regularization of the funds served so that the Prosecutor’s Office also began to investigate the origin of the money used to pay off the debts with the treasury and that were contributed to the monarch by friendly businessmen.

The four crimes that Juan Carlos I could have committed acting as an international commission agent, and which the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office reflected in his rogatory commission in February, appeared for the first time in a letter from the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office in which it requested information from the Spanish authorities. These are the same crimes that the Geneva prosecutor Yves Bertossa is investigating in a case that maintains, for the moment, Corinna Larsen, a former extramarital affair of the king emeritus, and his fund manager and lawyer in Switzerland, Arturo Fassana and Dante Canonica, respectively.

In fact, the Swiss investigation is at the origin of all the controversies that have later engulfed the monarch. Bertossa opened an investigation in 2018 as a result of the publication in Spain of the recordings of Commissioner Villarejo to Corinna Larsen in which she described alleged illicit activities of Juan Carlos I. Bertossa discovered a transfer from Saudi Arabia to the then head of the Spanish State in 2008 of 65 million euros that the Swiss prosecutor continues to suspect that it is a commission related to the participation of Spanish companies in the great construction work of the AVE to Mecca.

Those funds were deposited in the Mirabaud bank, whose president is also accused in Switzerland, and that is what motivated the investigation of the Geneva Prosecutor’s Office. In 2012, the 65 million euros were transferred by the monarch to a Corinna Larsen account after the king’s managers were warned by the bank that changes in Swiss law could pose a legal problem for their client.

The rogatory commission sent by the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office on February 24 requests information from Bertossa on all bank accounts that may be related to the king in that country between 2016 and 2019, a period that escapes the prescription of possible crimes committed and in the one that Juan Carlos I was no longer inviolable.

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