Embattled Ex-King Juan Carlos Leaves Spain

  • The former King of Spain informed his son, King Felipe VI, of his decision to leave the country.
  • Spanish newspapers are constantly publishing details of the mysterious management of the money that Saudi Arabia allegedly paid to the former king.
  • In Switzerland and Spain, the judiciary is conducting investigations into the former king's receipt of $ 100 million in a secret account in Switzerland.

After opening investigations against him on suspicions of corruption and receiving money from Saudi Arabia, the former Spanish King Juan Carlos decided to leave the country and live in another country he did not specify. Juan Carlos indicated that his decision came in order not to influence his son, Felipe VI.

Juan Carlos I is a member of the Spanish royal family who reigned as King of Spain from November 1975 until his abdication in June 2014. He is currently living in self-exile from Spain amidst a corruption scandal involving Saudi Arabia.

The Spanish Royal Palace said in a statement today, Monday that the former King of Spain informed his son, King Felipe VI, of his decision to leave the country, after suspicions of corruption had been raised around him in the recent period.

In the letter, the former monarch wrote that he was making the decision “in the face of the public repercussion that certain past events of my private life are generating.”

“A year ago, I expressed my will and desire to stop performing institutional activities. Now, guided by the conviction to perform the best service to the Spanish people, their institutions and you as King, I am communicating my thoughtful decision to move, at this time, outside of Spain.”
Juan Carlos concluded the letter to his son calling his decision made “with sadness, but with great serenity.”

The 82-year-old former king did not mention in his letter to his son and successor, King Felipe VI, the country to which he would be moved, but indicated that in his decision he aims not to influence his son’s practice of his work as a king given the general effects caused by some past events.

King Juan Carlos is under investigation in Switzerland and Spain on suspicions of corruption and publishing information that the Spanish government has described itself as “disturbing.”

In June, the Spanish Supreme Court opened an investigation into the involvement of Juan Carlos in a contract for a high-speed railway in Saudi Arabia, after the news sources reported that he had received $100 million from the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Felipe VI is the King of Spain. He ascended the throne on 19 June 2014 upon the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I.

In Switzerland and Spain, the judiciary is conducting investigations into the former king’s receipt of $100 million in a secret account in Switzerland.

Spanish newspapers are constantly publishing details of the mysterious management of the money that Saudi Arabia allegedly paid to the former king. Juan Carlos walked away from public life last year after he abdicated in June 2014, in favor of his son Felipe VI.

The Spanish Supreme Court announced that an investigation had been opened to determine the possible liability for the former King, who had held the throne for 38 Years (1975-2014). However, the scope of the investigation would only cover actions he may have committed after his abdication.

The investigation was opened in September 2018. After publishing records attributed to the former mistress of Juan Carlos, Corina Larsen, in which she confirmed that the king received a commission by granting Spanish companies a huge contract to construct a high-speed rail line in Saudi Arabia.

The King’s lawyer, Javier Sanchez-Ganko Manch, announced that his client will continue to cooperate with the authorities in the course of the investigations, regardless of his place of residence.

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