Spain’s supreme court probes role of former King Juan Carlos in Saudi deal

Spain’s supreme court prosecutor has initiated an inquiry into former King Juan Carlos in connection with a high-speed train contract in Saudi Arabia, accumulating pressure on a once-popular monarch who abdicated six years ago, France 24 reported.
The supreme court prosecutor will examine whether the former king can be involved in the case in regard of any action that took place after he lost his immunity when he abdicated in June 2014 in favour of his son Felipe, the general prosecutor announced on Monday.
“This investigation focuses, precisely, on establishing or discarding the criminal relevance of deeds that happened after June 2014, when the King Emeritus was no longer protected by inviolability,” the statement said.
The Spanish Royal House did not respond to a request for comment. Juan Carlos’ lawyer could not be reached for comment.

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