82-year-old King of Spain, Juan Carlos, announces that he LEAVED the country due to corruption scandal
82-year-old Spanish king Juan Carlos flees the country in ‘forced exile’ as a $ 100 million corruption scandal around him threatens to undermine the monarchy
- The former King of Spain, King Juan Carlos I, says he is leaving Spain
- It comes after corruption allegations about him surfaced in recent weeks
- The Spanish Prime Minister recently said that he found developments about Juan Carlos “disturbing.”
The former King of Spain, King Juan Carlos I, says he is leaving Spain to live in another country because of a financial scandal.
Former King Juan Carlos told his son, King Felipe, that he decided to leave Spain, the royal family said in a statement Monday.
It stems from a series of scandals involving the long-serving monarch, who abdicated the throne in June 2014 after four decades.
His reputation has disappeared since his abdication by constant rumors of loved ones, corruption and Swiss bank accounts.
Spanish authorities are currently investigating whether he received a secret commission to help win a £ 5.5 billion Saudi railway deal after a former mistress made the allegations private.
Former King of Spain, King Juan Carlos I (pictured), says he is leaving Spain to live in another country due to financial scandal
The Royal Family website published a letter from Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI on Monday, saying, “I am informing you of my considered decision to leave Spain during this period.”
The Spanish Prime Minister recently said that he found developments around Juan Carlos – including investigations in Spain and Switzerland – “disturbing.”
In June, the Spanish Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’s involvement in a high-speed train contract in Saudi Arabia after Swiss newspaper La Tribune de Geneve reported receiving $ 100 million from the late Saudi king.
Juan Carlos then reportedly transferred a large sum to a former companion in what investigators consider a possible attempt to hide the money from the authorities.
Juan Carlos, 82, has repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations through his lawyer.
The former king said in a letter to his son, which has been made public today: “Guided by my conviction, I can offer the Spaniards, its institutions and you as king the best service, I communicate my decision to leave Spain.
“It is a decision I make with a deep feeling, but with a great serenity.
“I have been king of Spain for almost 40 years and during that time I have always wanted the best for Spain and for the crown.”
He signed the letter, “With affection as always, your father.”
In June, the Spanish Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’s involvement in a high-speed train contract in Saudi Arabia
Spanish TV analysts immediately mentioned the former monarch’s announcement that he was leaving Spain as a ‘back door’ exit.
Journalist Gema Lopez insisted that his decision would not prevent a full investigation into Juan Carlos’s future business.
She added, “The day he dies, I’m not sure the historical revisionism of how he acted will be as beneficial as it has been until now.”
She also wondered if he could ever get a state funeral.
Juan Carlos I ruled as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014 when he abdicated in favor of his son Felipe VI.