(FILES)-- A file photo taken on June 20, 2013 shows Spanish Princess Cristina attending a mass commemorating the centenary of the birth of Don Juan de Borbon at the chapel of the Royal Palace in Madrid. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO
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A Spanish court declared King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter Cristina a suspect in alleged tax and money-laundering crimes Tuesday, a historic first for a direct relative of the monarch.In summoning Cristina, he overruled opposition by the public prosecutor.Manos Limpias, a litigious far-right pressure group, lodged the case against Cristina alleging tax evasion and money laundering, although tax authorities have not brought any charges and public prosecutors have said there is no case to answer.The judge in the Majorca court has been investigating allegations that Urdangarin and a former business partner embezzled 6 million euros ($8 million) in public funds via the Noos Institute, a charitable foundation that he chaired. The Majorca judge had summoned Cristina on suspicion of corruption once before, in early 2013, but that decision was overruled following an appeal by the prosecutor.The number of people wanting him to abdicate in favor of Prince Felipe, 45, surged by 17 percent to 62 percent, according to the study by pollster Sigma Dos carried out in late December.Sixty-six percent had a positive view of the prince and 56 percent thought he could improve the royals' image if he took over.
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