Spain's Princess Cristina named suspect in Noos case

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Apr 3 (EFE).- Princess Cristina, the youngest daughter of Spain's King Juan Carlos, was named a suspect Wednesday by the judge investigating allegations of corruption involving the Noos Foundation, which was run by her husband, IƱaki Urdangarin, judicial officials said.

The judge ordered Princess Cristina give a statement on April 27.

The judge is investigating allegations that Urdangarin embezzled more than 6 million euros ($7.7 million) after using his connections to obtain lucrative, no-bid public contracts for the foundation.

Statements given by Urdangarin's former business partner, Diego Torres, e-mails obtained by the court and the statement from the secretary to the princesses, Carlos Garcia Revenga, provide "a series of indications" that raise doubts about whether the 47-year-old Princess Cristina was unaware of her husband's activities at Noos, the court said.

Urdangarin, a 45-year-old former Olympics handball player, has been under investigation as a suspect since December 2011 and gave statements to the court in February 2012 and February 2013.

He told the court on Feb. 23 that the royal household played no role in the activities carried out by the non-profit Noos Foundation.

The Royal Household "does not comment on judicial decisions," a spokesman said.