Spanish king’s brother-in-law, a privileged criminal


This video says about itself:

Corruption scandal looms over Spanish royal family

19 February 2013

Inaki Urdangarin, son-in law of Spain’s King Juan Carlos will be questioned in court over the extent to which the monarch and other members of the Royal Household were involved in shady business dealings in a scandal that is threatening the Spanish royal family.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Brother-in-law of Spanish king to prison cell because of corruption

The brother-in-law of the Spanish king Felipe has started his prison sentence of almost six years for corruption. Iñaki Urdangarin reported to the prison that he had chosen.

Iñaki Urdangarin, being a royal, though only a royal-in-law, has apparently the right to decide to what prison he will go. Some unemployed Spanish worker, persecuted for ‘benefit fraud’ does not have the right to decide to what prison she or he will go. The Catalan political prisoners, persecuted by the Rajoy government for organising a referendum, do not have the right to decide to what prison they will go. Rapper Valtónyc, persecuted by the Rajoy government for rapping criticism of the Spanish royal family, does not have the right to decide to what prison he will go. Basque young people Jokin, Adur and Oihan of Alsasua town threatened by the government with years of prison for ‘terrorism‘ for being drunk in a café, do not have the right to decide to what prison they will go.

The 50-year-old Urdangarin was convicted in appeal last week for fraud and tax evasion. Over the years, the former Olympic handball player stole some 6 million euros from a sports foundation to put them in his own pocket.

Urdangarin’s wife Cristina, the sister of the king, was also prosecuted, but she was acquitted of fraud. However, she has to pay a fine of almost 150,000 euros because she profited from the scam.

Princess Cristina, being the king’s sister, is ‘too big to jail‘. Urdangarin, born a commoner, who only became Duke of Palma de Mallorca and The Most Exellent (Excelentísimo Señor), by his marriage, is not too big to jail. Though he is ‘big’ enough to decide to what jail he wants to go.

Women’s prison

Early this morning Urdangarin reported to the prison in Ávila, 100 kilometers north of Madrid. He had opted for that facility because his wife and four children could then easily visit him from their home town of Geneva.

The Brieva prison mainly houses female prisoners; according to Spanish media, Urdangarin will become the sole occupant of the small men’s department. “They have searched for a long time for the best place for Urdangarin”, explains correspondent Rop Zoutberg. “As a royal family member, one also had to take into account his privacy and security.”

Apparently, the privacy and security of unemployed Spanish workers, persecuted for ‘benefit fraud’ do not count. The privacy and security of the Catalan political prisoners do not count. The privacy and security of rapper Valtónyc does not count. The privacy and security of Basque young people Jokin, Adur and Oihan do not count.

One law for for royals-in-law like Urdangarin. Quite another, far more lenient, law for the king’s sister Cristina, born with ‘blue blood’. And quite another, far more harsh, yet law for commoners.

King Felipe is currently visiting the USA and has not yet responded to the scandal.

USA: Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has lost a bid to stay at a jail where he said he was being treated like a “VIP.”

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