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Spanish Royalty is in court for what is being referred to as a landmark trail.

Spanish royalty is in court for what is being referred to as a landmark trail.

Spain’s Princess Cristina is on trial for tax fraud being accused for assisting her husband to bankroll funds received from fraudulent public contracts for conferences and sporting events.

This is the first time that a member of Spain’s royal family (since 1975) has faced criminal charges and Princess Cristina with her husband, Inaki Urdangarin and 16 other defendants face being accused of embezzling up to 6.2 million euros ($6.8 millio The 50-year-old Princess could find herself serving a maximum prison sentence of eight years for allegedly failing to declare taxes on personal expenses.

The case against her is happening under a quirk of Spanish law allowing private groups to pursue criminal charges. However with reference to a Spanish legal precedent her legal team state that her case should be dropped because it has not been initiated by prosecutors. Judgement is expected to suspend the trail to decide whether the princess will remain charged under this quirk of Spanish law and if she will be required to appear again in the court when testimony begins in February 2016

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