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Jan 9, 2015 4:15 AM

Judge rejects Spanish princess' appeal against indictment

The Associated Press

MADRID (AP) A judge has rejected an appeal by lawyers for Spain's Princess Cristina against his decision to put her on trial on charges of tax fraud.

Cristina, 49, was indicted Dec. 22 as part of a four-year probe into her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who faces charges ranging from money laundering to fraud.

She is the first member of the Spanish royal family ordered to stand trial since the monarchy was restored in 1975.

Palma de Mallorca investigative magistrate Jose Castro rejected the appeal on Friday.

The trial is not expected to take place before late this year.

The indictment comes as Cristina's brother, King Felipe VI, has been trying to improve the family's image after his scandal-plagued father abdicated last year.


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