Emeritus King must answer to justice, say Spaniards
Madrid, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) An immense majority of Spaniards, 80.3 percent, consider that King Emeritus Juan Carlos I must be held accountable to Justice for possible tax crimes, according to an opinion poll published today.
In a letter addressed to his son, King Felipe VI, Juan Carlos de Borbón announced last Monday his 'thoughtful decision' to settle outside the country due to the public repercussions of 'certain past events' of his private life.
The former head of state alluded to the investigations of the Swiss and Spanish justice on the origin of 100 million dollars, which he would have received for the alleged collection of commissions in the concession to companies of this nation building the high-speed train in Saudi Arabia.
A survey by Sigma Dos for the conservative newspaper El Mundo indicates that voters of all political parties and of all ages are in favor of not having impunity for the ex-monarch, and 80.3 percent of those surveyed believe so.
They are also a majority, 63.3 percent, who consider it a bad step that the sovereign emeritus, 82, has left Spain, while 78.7 percent think that his decision will not improve confidence in the work of the Monarchy.
Despite the disapproval of these last actions, 69.2 percent of those consulted by Sigma company estimate that Juan Carlos played an important role in the transition from dictatorship to democracy, after the death in 1975 of General Francisco Franco.
Also, 24.4 percent appreciate that his role in that period was reduced or null, according to a study carried out by Sigma Dos between August 4 and 6, after the departure of the former monarch, whose whereabouts remain unknown this Sunday.
The survey also reflects the opinion of voters of the liberal formation Ciudadanos (95.1 percent), the conservative Popular Party (92.3 percent) and the extreme right group Vox (77.1 percent), are the ones who value the most the historical role of the monarch.
Last June, the Spanish Supreme Court opened an investigation into the participation of the former king in the railway contract with Saudi Arabia and his possible crimes, although only those committed from 2014 when he lost his immunity with the abdication.
Although his alleged opaque fortune in secret accounts in Switzerland is being investigated both in the Swiss country and here, the former head of state is not the subject of any cause and his lawyer assured that he will be brought to justice if required.
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