King Juan Carlos I arrived in the United Arab Emirates on August 3 and has remained there since then, as reported by Zarzuela this Monday. Until now, both the Royal House and the Government they had kept the fate of the king emeritus a secret, that when his departure from Spain was known on August 3, he had already left the country. This morning, the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, downplayed the importance of knowing his whereabouts in an interview on Cadena Ser and praised the “steps” that the Royal House is taking to “strengthen” the Crown in terms of “transparency.”
Juan Carlos I has left Spain without providing any transparency about the open judicial processes that directly involve him. In the statement released to announce his departure, King Emeritus Juan Carlos I spoke of “the public repercussion that certain past events are generating” in his “private life.” The Office of the Supreme Court Prosecutor has been holding an investigation open for two months to assess if the king emeritus committed money laundering and tax crime in relation to the AVE to Mecca. At the discretion of the Prosecutor’s Office, Juan Carlos I ceased to be protected by his inviolability when he abdicated in June 2014, and therefore, from that date on, possible crimes he may have committed can be investigated. Not so with those that would have happened while he held the throne.
This criterion, however, would be different in Switzerland, where the emeritus king is also being investigated for the origin of his fortune. The British The Telegraph has published that the current king of Spain, Felipe VI, was one of the beneficiaries of the foundation that Juan Carlos de Borbón would have created and in which 100 million dollars were received from Saudi Arabia.
In addition, weeks ago the judge of the Villarejo case, Manuel García-Castellón, ordered the reopening of piece number 5, called Carol, which investigated in the National Court the evidence of crimes that emerge from some recordings seized from the commissioner in which he and Corinna Larsen, ex-partner of the king emeritus, appear speaking and that point to Juan Carlos I, although the former head of state cannot be investigated by the National Court as he is certified before the Supreme Court.