King Felipe’s brother-in-law Inaki Urdangarin jailed in Spain

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King Felipe of Spain’s brother-in-law has begun an almost six-year prison sentence for crimes including tax fraud and embezzlement.

Inaki Urdangarin signed himself in to Brieva jail in Avila, northwest of Madrid, after being given a five-day deadline last Tuesday to appear at a prison of his choosing.

The former Olympic handball player is married to King Felipe’s sister, Princess Cristina.

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Felipe, his wife Letizia, Inaki Urdangarin, Princess Cristina and sister Princess Elena pictured in 2010

He was found guilty in February last year of using his royal connections to overcharge for staging sports and tourist events, embezzling about €6m (£5.25m).

He appealed the sentence before Spain’s Supreme Court, which cut it slightly after overturning part of the ruling made by a court in Majorca.

It now stands at five years and 10 months.

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Urdangarin is a former Olympic handball player

Princess Cristina, who lives in Geneva with the couple’s four children, was the first member of the Spanish royal family to stand in a dock.

She was acquitted of being an accessory to tax fraud.

King Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favour of his son, Felipe.

In an attempt to modernise the monarchy, Felipe removed his elder sisters, Elena and Cristina, from royal duties.

He also stripped Cristina of her title of Duchess of Palma.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia are on an official visit to the US, where they are due to meet Donald and Melania Trump.



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