February 25th, 2012
04:56 AM ET

King's son-in-law testifies in fraud scandal

The son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos arrived in court to testify before a magistrate Saturday as a suspect in a fraud scandal that has created unprecedented problems for the popular royal family.

Inaki Urdangarin, who was granted the title of Duke of Palma when he married the king's youngest daughter, Princess Cristina, in 1997, is under investigation for allegedly diverting public funds that were earmarked for his foundation for private use.

Urdangarin, with a serious look on his face and flanked by his lawyer, stopped briefly to make a statement to a group of reporters who were allowed inside a court-designated security zone.

"I am here today to demonstrate my innocence," Urdangarin said. "During these years I have carried out my responsibilities and have made decisions in a correct manner and with total transparency. My intention today is to clear up the truth about the facts."

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  1. AMERICA 1st

    Typical of someone rich. They have millions and want more!

    February 25, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. China 1st

    Who really is the peanut gallery.

    February 25, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (( c.o.s. co-leader ))

    rich people never steal... 🙂

    February 25, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    You're right, Ruffie..they just "divert".

    February 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (( dingo trainer and 16th level warrior))

    says right above that the money was ear-marked...
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    they should have known when the seen the money with ears stamped all over it it was going to be used for private use...

    February 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    It's amazing that power, position & $$$ is not enough to keep a person from craving more, to the point of greed & theft! Wall Street Bankers, Big Biz/Big Oil; why Not throw Royalty in the mix! I guess he's been accused, but not yet proven guilty! So it's caused a lot of problems for the popular royal family, but I wonder how this affects the Spanish people!?

    February 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (( dingo trainer and 16th level warrior))

    who cares? they are peasants and not royalty... when your royalty you can do what ever you want...
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    unless they have a guiliteen.. then you place nice...

    February 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wrong country, Ruffie.

      February 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Spanish People

    @Fernace. No habla englesh. Como? he he

    February 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    @ Spanish People, for 1ce you don't have to speak ingles, you're in Spain for crissakes! And I suspect the royals wont be so popular anymore, if the $$$ was earmarked for the people!

    February 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. washeaFOXsubscriber?

    http://www.armytimes.com/community/family/homefront

    Posted By Not Available on 02/21/2012 @ 08:35 am
    Sometimes, infidelity can make a marriage stronger

    February 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    They are stealing money to buy there place on the moon colony before the end of the world . So all of us honest people can stay here and look up at them and laugh at the as they are blasting each other with the nukes they bought

    February 26, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |