PALMA — Spain's Princess Cristina and her husband go on trial today under intense global media scrutiny in a landmark corruption case that has outraged the country and sullied the monarchy's reputation.
Cristina, a 50-year-old mother-of-four with a master's degree from New York University, will be the first Spanish royal to face criminal charges in court since the monarchy was reinstated following the 1975 death of dictator General Francisco Franco.
The trial of the princess and the 17 other accused, including her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, will get underway at 9:15 am (0815 GMT) at a court in Palma on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, where the Spanish royals have a holiday home.
Hundreds of journalists from around the world have flocked to cover the arrival of the princess for the start of the legal proceedings and a crowd of protesters is expected to fill the streets outside the courthouse.
The trial comes as Spain seethes over repeated corruption scandals that have exposed politicians, trade unions, bankers and footballers, eroding Spaniards' faith in their institutions and elites after a major economic crisis and a government austerity drive. — AFP