Spanish former King located in United Arab Emirates
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The Spanish former King, Juan Carlos has been found to be living in United Arab Emirates. The former King was under investigation over corruption. A major corruption probe into his finances have been launched. He denies allegations of money laundering and tax evasion.
On 3rd August, former King Juan Carlos surprised everyone after he announced that he will be moving outside Spain. On the same day, he published a letter to his son, Felipe, where he explained that he will leave Spain due to ‘public repercussions of certain episodes of my past private life’.
Juan Carlos also wrote, ‘Guided by the conviction to best serve the people of Spain, its institutions, and you as king, I inform you of my decision at this time to go into exile outside Spain.’ His son accepted his decision.
After days of speculation to the whereabouts of the 82 year old former King, he was confirmed to be in UAE. The former King pledged that he will be available to prosecutors in Spain, whenever a need arises.
The former King, who served the country for 40 years, handed over his thrones to his son, Felipe, over six years ago, in the wake of the corruption scandal. The Spanish press reported that the former King received around €85million in 2008 from Saudi Arabia, through the use of an offshore account. Swiss tax authorities provided the Spanish judicial system the information about the deal.
The son of the former King of Spain, Felipe distanced himself from his father, and was praised by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.