Former ex-mistress of the king of Spain will be questioned about her claims that the royal & # 39; asked for a part of the payment of £ 72 million to close a deal for Spanish companies in Saudi Arabia & # 39;
- Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 54, is the former mistress of Juan Carlos in Spain
- She was included with the claim that the former Spanish king asked for a discount
- Claim concerns a £ 72 million secret payment from Spanish companies in 2011
- The companies would have paid the money to secure a railroad deal in Saudi Arabia
- Juan Carlos & # 39; demanded a reduction in payment because he had closed the rail deal & # 39;
The former mistress of the former king of Spain will be questioned by fraudsters after claiming that the royal family demanded money to help with a £ 6 billion rail transaction for Spanish companies in Saudi Arabia.
Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 54, said Juan Carlos, 81, who resigned in 2014, asked for part of a secret £ 72 million payment by Spanish companies to win the deal to build a high-speed line from Mecca to Medina in 2011.
She claims that he asked for the money after she told her that he needed cash to divorce Wife Sofia and marry her.
Prosecutors in Madrid have now asked the British authorities to have Sayn-Wittgenstein as a witness.
Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein (right) will be questioned about the allegations she made about her former lover, the ex-king of Spain, Juan Carlos (left). Pictured together in 2006
She claimed that Juan Carlos, who would be close to the Saudi royal family, was involved in mediating the deal as part of his royal duties.
The former king of Spain has long been associated with Sayn-Wittgenstein, 27 years younger than him.
The German businesswoman is said to have spoken in 2015 about her former lover with a former police officer in London.
According to the Times, she said: & # 39; So the king said: & # 39; What about my assignment? I made the train possible. I spoke with my friend in Saudi Arabia. I'm the one who (closed the deal) & # 39; & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Sayn-Wittgenstein, unaware that the policeman was recording their conversation, claimed that the 12 Spanish companies involved in the railroad building deal gave the secret £ 72 million payment to the wife of a Saudi businessman.
She said he asked for part of a secret € 80 million payment by Spanish companies to win the deal for the construction of a high-speed line from Mecca to Medina in 2011
She added that the king demanded that part of the payment be given to him for his help.
The former police officer leaked the conversation out to the Spanish media.
Now the Spanish authorities have asked the Serious Fraud Office for a video interview with Sayn-Wittgenstein, who will be treated as a witness.
Prosecutors want to determine if there is sufficient evidence to prosecute businessmen involved in the secret payment of £ 72 million.
However, OHL, one of the companies that participated in the deal, said the negotiations were legal.
Juan Carlos cannot be prosecuted for the deal since he was on the throne at that time.
The recordings reached the news last year after the former mistress claimed that Juan Carlos was involved in money laundering.
She claimed that he had used her name to buy property in Morocco because he was secretly trying to hide money.
Sayn-Wittgenstein first came to the attention of the public in 2012 after being photographed with Juan Carlos during an elephant hunt in Botswana.
However, their romantic relationship would have lasted from 2004 to 2010.
Sayn-Wittgenstein claims that he asked for the money after he told her that he needed cash to divorce wife Sofia (pictured with Juan Carlos) and marry her
Juan Carlos married Queen Sofía last month after he retired from public life last month and in 2014 handed the crown to his son Felipe.
Robin Rathmell, Sayn-Wittgenstein's lawyer, said: & # 39; Our client has not yet been contacted about the rail deal, a deal in which she was not involved. She would like to cooperate with the relevant authorities so that the facts of the case can be fully ventilated in court. & # 39;
A spokesman for the Spanish public prosecutor said: & # 39; We sent the request to the SFO, but we still have not received a response. & # 39;
The Spanish royal family declined to comment.
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