The King of Spain’s son-in-law is seeking to make a deal with the prosecution to avoid jail time, after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal.
Lawyers for Inaki Urdangarin, 44, are negotiating a guilty plea in
exchange for no time behind bars and offering to pay the government at
least 3.5 million euros in compensation.
Urdangarin denies any wrongdoing.
He told reporters outside the court in Majorca: “I’m here in court
to prove my innocence, my honour and my professional activities. During
the years in question, I faced my responsibilities. I made decisions in
the right way and transparently”.
The former Olympic handball player, who holds the title Duke of
Palma, and his former business partner, Diego Torres, are accused of
diverting millions of euros of public money meant a non-profit
organisation they controlled to private offshore accounts.