Princess Cristina corruption trial: Friend of royal couple says he felt ‘used’ by them

Spain’s Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin leave the courtroom in Palma de Mallorca

One of the co-defendants in the corruption trial of Spain’s Princess Cristina and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, has said that he felt “used” by the royal couple, who had been longstanding friends of his.

José Luis Ballester, an Olympic gold-medal-winning sailor, said that he felt obliged to help the king of Spain’s brother-in-law after becoming the Balearic Island government’s director general of sport between 2003 and 2007.

Mr Ballester is charged with breach of duty, embezzlement, fraud and influence peddling.

“As time passes, you realise that you are just a small instrument, so maybe I was used,” said Mr Ballester when asked if he had been deceived or used by Mr Urdangarin as a way of obtaining traction with the regional administration.

Mr Urdangarin and Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe, took their seats among the 17 accused for the second day of the corruption trial in which the royal couple are accused of conniving with politicians and public officials to defraud taxpayers to the tune of over five million euros.

-more at Telegraph


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