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Spanish court suspends charges against Princess Cristina

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain, May 7 (EFE).- Princess Cristina, the younger of Spanish King Juan Carlos's two daughters, will not have to appear in court as a suspect in the corruption case involving the Noos Foundation, which was run by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, a court ruled Tuesday.

Judge Jose Castro 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.

In an unprecedented move last month, Judge Jose Castro ordered Princess Cristina to give a statement.

The court on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca on Tuesday suspended the charges against the 47-year-old Princess Cristina, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to proceed against her.

The court asked Judge Castro to file a request with the tax service to clear up "the uncertainty and doubts" in the case, to hold a hearing with the parties, to decide whether or not to pursue the charges for tax violations and to determine "based on this, whether to proceed with charges against the princess."

Urdangarin, a 45-year-old former Olympics handball player, has been under investigation as a suspect since December 2011.

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.

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