Ex-Girlfriend Of Juan Carlos I Claimed That He Transferred Her €65 Million For Love
Entrepreneur Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein claimed that the honored king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, transferred about €65 million to her in 2012 "out of gratitude and love." This news was reported on Sunday by the newspaper El Pais, referring to the testimony of the ex-girlfriend of the former head of state, which she gave to the Prosecutor's office in Geneva in 2018.
The Swiss judicial authorities are investigating the entrepreneur, as well as two other persons on suspicion of money laundering, which is punishable by a five-year prison sentence. In December 2018, Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein testified that Juan Carlos I transferred her €64.8 million "not to get rid of the money." "It was a gift," said the ex-girlfriend of the former head of state. "I thought he offered me this money out of gratitude and love."
The Spanish judicial authorities expect to receive these testimonies of the entrepreneur. They may be important for the investigation of the Prosecutor's office of the Kingdom of the Pyrenees against Juan Carlos I, related to the conclusion of a contract for the construction of a high - speed railway in Saudi Arabia on the Mecca-Medina line.
As reported by the Europa Press Agency, according to Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, the former head of state may have received illegal commissions for his role as a mediator in negotiations with the Saudi side, so that the contract for the construction of a high - speed railway on the Mecca-Medina line went to a consortium of Spanish companies.
Juan Carlos I was the head of state from 1975 to 2014. He abdicated in favor of his son Philip VI.