🇺🇸

Spain's ex-king leaves country amid scandal

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on August 4, 2020 - Duration: 01:47s

Spain's ex-king leaves country amid scandal

Spain's former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave his country, a dramatic exit designed to protect the monarchy after a barrage of corruption allegations surfaced against him.

Libby Hogan reports.

Advertisement

Spain's ex-king leaves country amid scandal

Spain's former King Juan Carlos has left his country, a dramatic exit after corrupion allegtions surfaced against him Local media reported that he had left the country by Monday (August 3) but his destination was unclear.

Pressure has been building for weeks, after Spanish and Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into bribes over a high-speed rail contract.

A Swiss newspaper reported that Juan Carlos had received $100 million from the late Saudi King over the contract.

It's left some Spaniards feeling surprised: " I did not expect it at all and the truth is that I think it is a bit of a rash decision." And some angry with his decision: "It's really bad, he should leave Spain when he has returned everything he's stolen.

When he leaves all the money here, he can leave." The 82-year-old was once-popular with the Spanish people, but is his reputation has been tarnished by scandal.

Juan Carlos apparently announced his exit in a letter to his son, the current King Felipe.

A palace statement quoted from that letter, with Juan Carlos saying his intention for his departure was to enable his son to rule untroubled amid " the public repercussions that certain past events in my private life are generating".

Juan Carlos was widely respected for helping guide Spain from dictatorship to democracy.

He came to the throne in 1975 upon the death of General Francisco Franco.

His popularity faded following a series of scandals, pushing him to step down in 2014.

Despite his departure from the country, Juan Carlos' lawyer said the former king woud "Remain at the disposal of the prosecutors' office."

You are here


💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions



Felipe VI of Spain

Incumbent King of Spain

Saudi Arabia

Country in Southwestern Asia
The ruling by a federal appeals panel, in a case about whether a detainee who was tortured should be repatriated to Saudi Arabia, could lead to independent..
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 6 hours ago

The group of exiled Saudis in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere say their goal is to avert "absolute dictatorship and pave the way for democracy."
Credit: CBS News - Published 6 days ago

Related news from verified sources

Former monarch Juan Carlos I of Spain has been in the United Arab Emirates since he left his country amid a growing financial scandal, the Spanish royal...
on August 17, 2020 • FOXNews.com

The former king’s departure, which comes as he faces financial inquiries, may fuel Spain’s political and social debate over the future of the monarchy.
on August 3, 2020 • NYTimes.com

Related videos from verified sources

Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos in UAE 01:19
Video credit: Reuters Studio - Published on August 17, 2020 

Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos is in Abu Dhabi: ABC 00:57
Video credit: Reuters Studio - Published on August 7, 2020 

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos, under investigation for corruption, says he is leaving the country 01:25
Video credit: euronews (in English) - Published on August 4, 2020 

You might like