The Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office notified the King Emeritus in June, November and December 2020 that he was being investigated. Each of these formal notifications corresponded to preliminary proceedings opened by the prosecutor Juan Ignacio Campos and they occurred before he carried out the two tax regularizations, in which he paid the Treasury a total of five million euros.
Juan Carlos I, alleged commissioner for the Prosecutor’s Office after decades of rumors and impunity
As published by El PaísThese notifications were generic and in them he was only informed that he was being investigated for facts that could be criminally relevant, but without going into details. The first two, those of November and December, occurred before he paid the Treasury 678,394 euros to try to evade the investigation for the use of opaque cards; the third received it before paying 4.4 million for the private flights it financed the foundation that ran its first.
The progress of the investigations in the Public Prosecutor’s Office will have to clarify whether these notifications annul the regularizations carried out by Juan Carlos I. The Penal Code says that settling the pending accounts with the Treasury annuls the criminal procedure whenever it occurs before the investigated be aware of the proceedings against him. It will be necessary to determine whether these notifications can be considered as “formal knowledge”; El País assures that they were “generic” and that the alleged tax crimes were not clarified.
Of course, in those notifications, Rey’s lawyer, Javier Sánchez-Junco, was offered to appear in the processes opened against his client to learn more details of the investigations, but he rejected it. The details of these proceedings were being published in the media, also before the king paid the Treasury.
For example, the first payment occurred after the information of elDiario.es about the opaque cards and when a year had passed since the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office interrogated the former assistant to King Lieutenant Colonel Nicolás Murga, through whom the payments for the cards from the Mexican businessman friend of King Allen Sanginés had been channeled- Krause.
To date, these investigation procedures have not been transformed into a complaint before the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, a judicial body before which Juan Carlos I has been registered since his abdication in 2014. Sources from the Prosecutor’s Office maintain that the delay in the response of the letters rogatory sent to several countries to obtain information on the monarch’s activity have not allowed the filing of a complaint against Juan Carlos I for alleged crimes committed since he lost inviolability.
At least at the time of the regularization of the more than 4 million euros, the Tax Agency had not opened an inspection to the monarch, despite the fact that it had been public for months that he had enjoyed more than 8 million euros in flights and hotels paid for by the foundation created in Liechtestain by a cousin of the king and that he never declared to the Treasury, which provoked complaints from the associations of Technicians and Inspectors of the Ministry. At the same time, the regularization of the funds served to The Prosecutor’s Office will also begin to investigate the origin of the money used to pay off the debts with the Treasury and that were contributed to the monarch by friendly businessmen.
The four crimes that Juan Carlos I could have committed acting as an international commission agent, and which the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office reflected in his rogatory commission in February, appeared for the first time in a letter from the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office in which it requested information from the Spanish authorities. These are the same crimes investigated by the Geneva prosecutor Yves Bertossa in a case that maintains, for the moment, Corinna Larsen, a former extramarital affair of the king emeritus, and his fund manager and lawyer in Switzerland, Arturo Fassana and Dante Canonica, respectively.