Another Elite Criminal With a BIG Title: KING Juan Carlos Flees From Investigation Into His Corruption

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

SPAIN’s former King, Juan Carlos I, has fled Spain following a series of corruption allegations against him.

By STEVEN BROWNPUBLISHED: 17:49, Mon, Aug 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 23:03, Mon, Aug 3, 202087Copy link

King Juan Carlos to leave Spain over financial scandal

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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”.

Spain’s former King, Juan Carlos

Spain’s former King, Juan Carlos I has fled the country (Image: Getty)

Juan Carlos and his son King Felipe

Juan Carlos and his son King Felipe (Image: Getty)

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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Juan Carlos faces number of corruption allegations

Juan Carlos faces number of corruption allegations (Image: Getty)


After abdicating, his popularity dropped dramatically following rumours about lovers, corruption and Swiss bank accounts.

The controversy also cast doubt over the future of the monarchy itself under his son King Felipe.

In an initial attempt to quell anger, King Felipe renounced any personal inheritance from his father when the corruption allegations first surfaced.

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