Information in the state and foreign media about the alleged corruption of Juan Carlos I is not stopping and it is putting on the ropes the emeritus king, retired from public life since June last year. The latest news was revealed by the Swiss newspaper on Wednesday Tribune of Geneva, according to which Philip VI’s father would have received $ 100 million in commissions for the TGV contract between Medina and Mecca. The money, a “gift” from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, came to a checking account at the Mirabaud Swiss Bank in the name of the Panamanian Lucum Foundation, of which John Charles I was the sole beneficiary.
The Swiss prosecutor who is leading the investigation, Yves Bertossa, considers that 100 million are from the commission for the high-speed train, which, according to Emeritus King Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, would have received from Juan Carlos I after, at the last minute, there was a 30% reduction in the budget. The German businesswoman spoke about the commission in the tapes that were published in 2018 in various Spanish media, which were the source of the inquiry at the National High Court and the Swiss public ministry first and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office later. . The last two are still active, while the case was heard at the National High Court alleging that there was “no rational indication of crime” and that, if the facts were proven, they would have occurred when the king was ” inviolable. “
According to the Swiss newspaper, the king withdrew Saudi money from the account in Geneva for a few years until in 2012 he donated part of what was left – about 65 million – to Corinna, which deposited them in a subsidiary of another Swiss bank. in the Bahamas. His lawyers deny that the millions were part of any commission. “In 2012, our client received an unsolicited gift from King Emeritus, who regarded it as a kind of donation to her and her son, whom she had affection for,” they defend. The administrator of the Spanish king’s fortune, in turn, maintains that the millions received by the Lucum Foundation were a gift to King Abdullah’s monarch, who died in January 2015.
Whatever the case, the movements between accounts are being investigated by the Dutch authorities as “suspected of money laundering”. As reported on Monday The Confidential, Prosecutor Bertossa even traveled to Spain last summer, and interviewed with the Instructional Judge of the Recordings Case Investigation at the National Court, Manuel García-Castellón. His goal, according to the digital, was to get Corinna audios, in which the businesswoman explained to former Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo that the emeritus king used her as a gatekeeper to hide heritage abroad. García-Castellón referred Bertossa to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, which is investigating the case of alleged commissions for the high-speed train. At the moment, the investigation has not reached a judge, nor have the recordings been made to the Swiss prosecutor.
Commissions for the sale of Banco Zaragozano
Corinna’s talks would not only be key to this case. Juan Carlos I could also splash for the sale of Banco Zaragozano to the British Barclays in 2003, reports Quim Aranda. Documents obtained by Sunday Telegraph a few days ago showed that Emeritus King’s cousin, Alvaro de Orleans-Bourbon pocketed € 46 million in commission as an intermediary to facilitate ruinous operations – Barclays ended up leaving Spain in 2014 after losing about € 4 billion of euros.
New information obtained from the newspaper suggests that De Orleans-Bourbon, also researched by the Swiss prosecutor, had an investment fund to handle the benefits received from intermediation tasks between the shareholders of the two entities. However, on the website of the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) – in which such procedures should be published because Zaragozano is listed on the stock exchange – there is no reference to the operation.
And where would Juan Carlos I fit here? As Corinna admits to the controversial recordings, the monarch also had bank accounts in Switzerland in the name of his cousin. “I am not a shackle to anyone. I am the sole owner of my properties,” De Orleans-Bourbon defended himself in an interview with The country, in which he denied most of the information on the Sunday Telegraph and also the recordings, “I asked [al rei emèrit] “Do you have any idea where all this comes from?” He answered me no. “