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Spanish king's brother-in-law ordered to report to prison after losing graft case

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 13/06/2018 By Our Foreign Staff
Inaki Urdangarin wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © Provided by The Telegraph

A Spanish court has given the king's brother-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, five days to report to jail after he lost his appeal against a graft conviction and prison sentence, a judicial source said Wednesday.

The former Olympic handball player and husband of Princess Christina has been sentenced to five years and ten months in jail in a case which caused uproar in Spain and tainted the royal family's image.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - JUNE 13: Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin arrives to the courthouse on June 13, 2018 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Spanish Supreme court on Tuesday ratified the prison sentence of the Spanish King's brother-in-law to five years and ten months for perversion of justice, misappropriationn and tax fraud of millions.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) © Getty PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - JUNE 13: Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin arrives to the courthouse on June 13, 2018 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Spanish Supreme court on Tuesday ratified the prison sentence of the Spanish King's brother-in-law to five years and ten months for perversion of justice, misappropriationn and tax fraud of millions. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) The 50-year-old had been found guilty last year of embezzling millions of euros between 2004 and 2006 from a non-profit foundation he headed on the island of Majorca.

On Wednesday, Urdangarin flew from Switzerland where he lives in exile with his family to Majorca to appear in court.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - JUNE 13: Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin arrives to the courthouse on June 13, 2018 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Spanish Supreme court has ratified on Tuesday the imprisonment of the king's brother-in-law to five years and ten months for perversion of justice, misappropriation and tax fraud of millions.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images). © Getty PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - JUNE 13: Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin arrives to the courthouse on June 13, 2018 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Spanish Supreme court has ratified on Tuesday the imprisonment of the king's brother-in-law to five years and ten months for perversion of justice, misappropriation and tax fraud of millions. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images). At the Palma courthouse he was met by a horde of journalists and some people who shouted "thief" at him, an AFP photographer reported.

Urdangarin will now be jailed in the next few days unless he makes a successful final appeal to the Constitutional Court - a possibility regarded as unlikely.

Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin arrives at the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on June 13, 2018. - The Spanish king's brother-in-law was sentenced on appeal to five years and 10 months in jail on June 12, 2018 for embezzling millions of euros, the Supreme Court said, in a sensational case that shamed the royals. The 50-year-old will now go to jail unless he makes a successful final appeal to the Constitutional Court -- a possibility regarded as unlikely. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin arrives at the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on June 13, 2018. - The Spanish king's brother-in-law was sentenced on appeal to five years and 10 months in jail on June 12, 2018 for embezzling millions of euros, the Supreme Court said, in a sensational case that shamed the royals. The 50-year-old will now go to jail unless he makes a successful final appeal to the Constitutional Court -- a possibility regarded as unlikely. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images) The graft case sparked outrage during Spain's financial crisis when Urdangarin came to be seen as a symbol of the elite's perceived corruption.

The scandal contributed to the decision of King Felipe VI's father Juan Carlos I to abdicate in 2014.

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