Published On: Mon, Aug 3rd, 2020

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos flees country after investigation launched into corruption | Royal | News


The former Spanish monarch has fled the country following corruption allegations, the country’s royal family has confirmed. The former monarch abdicated from the throne in 2014.

The announcement was made by the Spanish royal family in a statement released this afternoon.

The former king said in a letter to his son: “Guided by my conviction I can offer the best service to Spaniards, its institutions and to you as King, I am communicating my decision to move away from Spain.”

King Felipe thanked Juan Carlos for his decision, underlining “the historic importance that his father’s reign represents” for democracy in Spain.

He also reaffirmed “the principles and values on which it (democracy) is based according to our Constitution and legal framework”.

Spanish monarchs have immunity during their reign but since Juan Carlos abdicated these may be called into question.

In June, Spain’s Supreme Court opened an investigation into the former head of state’s involvement with a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia.

Mr Carlos, 82, has repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations.

The former monarch abdicated from the throne in June 2014 after four decades on the throne.

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King Felipe also ended Juan Carlos’ annual palace allowance in March this year.

However, the fury against the monarchy is growing.

Last month, hundreds of furious anti-monarchy protests took to the streets in the Spanish capital city of Madrid demanding an end to the monarchy.

Even Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez waded into the scandal, saying it is an issue “all Spaniards are witnessing”.

The former monarch retired from public life last year, five years after abdicating, to allow his son to take over the reins. 

In his letter, the former King said at the time: “It was a solemn act, full of emotion for me, that evoked, with pride and admiration, the memory of the many people who made the political transition [to democracy] possible and renewed my feeling of permanent gratitude toward the Spanish people, the true architect and leading protagonist of that transcendental stage of our recent history.”

Previously, the monarch had spoken to the chief of the royal household Rafael Spottorono about his plans to abdicate.

El Mundo reported him as saying : “I do not want my son to wither waiting like Prince Charles.”

Juan Carlos came to the throne in 1975 after the death of General Francisco Franco and was widely respected for his role in helping guide Spain from dictatorship to democracy.



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