King of Spain's Brother-in-Law Heads to Prison

Inaki Urdangarin was jailed for $7M embezzlement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2018 12:03 AM CDT
Spanish King's Brother-in-Law Begins Prison Sentence
Spain's Princess Cristina's husband, Inaki Urdangarin, arrives at a courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.   (AP Photo/Joan Llado)

Spanish prison authorities say that the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion. An official with the Interior Ministry's prison management division says Inaki Urdangarin arrived Monday morning at a prison near Avila, about 60 miles north of Madrid, the AP reports. The official spoke anonymously, in line with internal rules. Urdangarin, a 50-year-old former Olympic handball medal winner married to the king's sister, Princess Cristina, is the closest person to the ruling Bourbon family to be imprisoned. He was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for embezzling about $7 million by exploiting his position in the royal family to obtain public contracts. Cristina was fined $158,600 as a beneficiary of the scheme. (More Inaki Urdangarin stories.)

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