Spain’s prosecutors discard all investigations against ex-King Juan Carlos


THE public prosecutor confirms that the 84-year-old has a right to return to Spain following his exile, listing a variety of reasons for doing so.

All investigations against former King Juan Carlos have been abandoned by the Spanish public prosecutor's office, opening the path for the 84-year-old to come home from exile.

According to the El Pais newspaper, the judges discovered multiple "irregularities" in the former king's financial conduct. Still, they did not put them to trial due to the statute of limitations, his immunity before his abdication in 2014, and taxes paid in arrears.

Spanish authorities have filed three investigations into King Felipe VI's father since 2020.

They investigated alleged bribery received during the construction of a high-speed railway line in Saudi Arabia and alleged hidden donations.

Juan Carlos allegedly received credit cards from a Mexican businessman, which he purchased an $11,000 jumping horse for his granddaughter.

According to his lawyer, Juan Carlos paid more than $5.5 million in past taxes a year ago to escape criminal charges for tax fraud.

For the past 18 months, Juan Carlos has been living in exile in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, apart from his 83-year-old wife and the rest of his family.

According to the letter published subsequently, the man who served as Spain's president from 1975 to 2014 discreetly departed the nation on August 3, 2020, in order to facilitate Felipe's work as suspicions against him grew.

Juan Carlos has scarcely been seen in public since then. The royal family does not discuss the former monarch's condition in Abu Dhabi.

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