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Most Spaniards Believe That Juan Carlos I Should Be Tried

Most Spaniards Believe That Juan Carlos I Should Be Tried

Most people in Spain believe that former head of state Juan Carlos I should be tried for possible tax crimes, according to data of a survey conducted from August 4 to 6 and published on Sunday in the newspaper El Mundo.

Respondents were asked whether the honorary king (this is the title that Juan Carlos I bears after abdicating in 2014) should be held responsible for the possible receipt of $100 million to a Swiss account from Saudi Arabia. 80.3% of respondents answered in the affirmative. 12.4% of Spaniards disagree with this position, while another 7.3% found it difficult to answer. Besides, 63.3% of respondents reacted negatively to the decision of Juan Carlos I to leave the territory of Spain.

On August 3, it was officially announced that the honorary monarch had informed his son, King Philip VI, of his decision to leave the country. The former head of state was at the epicenter of a major scandal. In Switzerland and Spain, investigations are being conducted in one way or another related to possible foreign accounts of Juan Carlos I.

There is no official information yet were the honorary king went. Earlier, the media reported that the former head of state could have left for Abu Dhabi.

The 82-year-old Juan Carlos I was head of state from 1975 to 2014. He abdicated in favor of his son Philip VI. For about 58 years, he lived in the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.

According to the Spanish Constitution, "the king's person is inviolable, and he is not liable." In other words, no legal proceedings can be initiated against the monarch.

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