Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Princess Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin are seen on November 7, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Princess Cristina attends her grandson Juan Valentin Urdangarin's birthday on September 27, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BIDART, FRANCE - AUGUST 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Princess Cristina of Spain sighting on August 12, 2014 in Bidart, France. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BIDART, FRANCE - AUGUST 04: Inaki Urdangarin and Irene Urdangarin (L) are seen on August 4, 2014 in Bidart, France. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 23: Princess Cristina of Spain and her husband Inaki Urdangarin are seen on June 23, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 04: Princess Cristina of Spain is seen on May 4, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
(FILES) A file picture takenon February 8, 2014 shows Spanish Infanta Cristina (L) smiling as she arrives at the courthouse of Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca. A Spanish judge ruled on June 25 that King Felipe VI's sister, Princess Cristina, and her husband must face fraud charges, opening the way to an unprecedented criminal trial. Less than a week after Felipe, 46, took the Spanish throne promising an 'honest and transparent' monarchy, the ruling refocused attention on a scandal that had blighted the reign of his 76-year-old father Juan Carlos. AFP PHOTO / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08: Princess Cristina of Spain leaves the Palma de Mallorca Couthouse after answering the judge's questions during the 'Noos Trial' in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on February 8, 2014. Princess Cristina of Spain was questioned over whether she and her husband illegally used company funds for personal expenses. (Photo by Albert Salame/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08: Princess Cristina of Spain shakes hands with one of her lawyers Jesus Maria Silva as she arrives at the Palma de Mallorca Couthouse to give evidence during the 'Noos Trial' on February 8, 2014 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Princess Cristina of Spain will give evidence as part of the trial against her husband Inaki Urdangarin over allegations that he misused millions of Euros of public funds which was allocated to organise sports and tourism events, during his time as chairman of a non-profit foundation from 2004 to 2006. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
POZUELO DE ALARCON, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23: Queen Sofia of Spain (L) and Princess Cristina of Spain (R) visit King Juan Carlos of Spain at the Quiron University Hospital on November 23, 2013 in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain. The Spanish King underwent an operation to get a final prosthesis on his left hip. The operation is the King's ninth in three years. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MALLORCA, SPAIN - JULY 29: Princess Cristina of Spain and her daugther Irene Urdangarin arrive at Calanova Sailing School on July 29, 2013 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Carlos R. Alvarez/WireImage)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 13: Princess Cristina of Spain is seen arriving at La Caixa Headquarters on her 48th birthday on June 13, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 08: Princess Cristina of Spain walks to her office on April 8, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish court has named Princess Cristina of Spain a suspect and she will have to explain her role as a board member of a non-profit foundation set up by her husband Inaki Urdangarin. The son-in-law of King Juan Carlos of Spain, Inaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma is currently on trial over allegations that he misused millions of euros of public funds, allocated to organise sports and tourism events, during his time a chairman of the 'Instituto Noos' non-profit foundation from 2004 to 2006. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BAQUEIRA BERET, SPAIN - JANUARY 02: Princess Cristina of Spain is seen on January 2, 2013 in Baqueira Beret, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 20: Princess Cristina, Duchess of Palma is seen at her children's school on December 20, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Spain's Duke of Palma and son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos, Inaki Urdangarin arrives with his wife Spain's Princess Cristina at San Prudencio church in Vitoria, on May 12, 2012, to attend a funeral ceremony for his father. Juan Maria Urdangarin Berriochoa, a 79 years-old retired mechanical engineer, died on May 10, 2012 at his home in Vitoria, following a long illness. Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player who is married to the king's youngest daughter Princess Cristina, is at the centre of the probe into the alleged embezzlement of public funds from the non-profit Noos Institute which he headed between 2004 and 2006. AFP PHOTO / RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/GettyImages)
Spain's Duke of Palma and son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos, Inaki Urdangarin (L), arrives with his wife Spain's Princess Cristina (C) and their four children at San Prudencio church in Vitoria, on May 12, 2012, to attend a funeral ceremony for his father. Juan Maria Urdangarin Berriochoa, a 79 years-old retired mechanical engineer, died on May 10, 2012 at his home in Vitoria, following a long illness. Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player who is married to the king's youngest daughter Princess Cristina, is at the centre of the probe into the alleged embezzlement of public funds from the non-profit Noos Institute which he headed between 2004 and 2006. AFP PHOTO / RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/GettyImages)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Princess Cristina of Spain is seen going for the shopping at the supermarket on January 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Princess Cristina of Spain is seen on November 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 12: Spanish Royal Family (L to R) Princess Letizia, Prince Felipe, King Juan Carlos, Princess Cristina, Queen Sofia and Inaki Urdangarin attend the National Day Military Parade on October 12, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 13: Princess Cristina of Spain attends the opening of 'The Invention Of Glory: Afonso V And The Pastrana Tapestries' exhibition at the National Gallery of Art on September 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Queen Sofia Of Spain And Infanta Cristina Of Spain With Irene Urdangarin Of Spain And Victoria Federica Marichalar Of Spain At The Rcnp For The 30Th Copa Del Rey Regatta In Palma, Mallorca. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Cristina of Spain (R) on board of the 'Aifos' during 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre Sailing Cup day 2 on August 2, 2011 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JULY 16: Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca and Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma attend the funeral ceremony for Otto von Habsburg at Saint Stephans Cathedral on July 16, 2011 in Vienna, Austria. Otto von Habsburg, the eldest son of the last Austrian emperor, died aged 98 at home in Poecking, southern Germany, on July 4. Von Habsburg will be interred in the Capuchins' Crypt, the traditional resting place for members of the Habsburg dynasty. According to his personal wishes and family tradition, Habsburg's heart will be transferred in an urn for burial at the Benedictine Abbey at Pannonhalma in western Hungary. (Photo by Martin Schalk/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 28: In this handout provided by the Spainish Royal House, King Juan Carlos I of Spain (2nd,R) and Queen Sofia of Spain (2nd, L) pose with His Excellency, Don Miguel Urdangarin y de Borbon, Grande of Spain (Front) and his parents Princess Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (L) and Inaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma de Mallorca, Grandee of Spain (R) during his First Holy Communion at the Chapel of the Zarzuela Palace on May 28, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Don Miguel is the third son of The Duke and Duchess of Palma and is currently 10th in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Archbishop Juan del Rio officiated the ceremony aided by another priest. (Photo by Spanish Royal House via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Princess Cristina of Spain (R) and Queen Sofia of Spain (C) receive Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned (L) for Lunch at El Pardo Palace on April 25, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. The Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and his wife Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned are on an official visit to Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 23: Infanta Cristina of Spain attends the opening of 'Graphispag' and 'Sonimagfoto and Multimedia 2011' trade show at the Gran Via 2 Fira on March 23, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)
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MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud - making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.

In issuing the indictment, Judge Jose Castro went against a prosecutor's Dec. 9 recommendation that Cristina should be fined and only her husband, Olympic handball medalist turned businessman Inaki Urdangarin, be tried. If convicted, Cristina could face up to four years in prison.

Suspected abuse of company funds to cover the couple's expenses at their Barcelona home is among evidence Castro has compiled about Aizoon, a real estate and consulting firm Cristina co-owned with her husband.

The legal troubles of King Felipe VI's sister during a four-year probe have damaged the Spanish monarchy's image.

The case centers on allegations that Urdangarin used his Duke of Palma title to embezzle about 6 million euros ($7.4 million) in public contracts through the Noos Institute, a nonprofit foundation he and set up with a business partner that channeled money to other businesses, including Aizoon.

Cristina's lawyers have said she is innocent. Prosecutor Pedro Horrach recommended charges for Urdangarin carrying a possible sentence of 19 1/2 years in prison while saying Cristina should not be indicted but forced to pay to pay 580,000 euros ($711,000) to cover the amount she could have profited from because of her husband's alleged illegal dealings.

Castro had the option of accepting Horrach's recommendations or sending Cristina to be tried by a different judge.

Cristina's brother Felipe, 46, became king in June when his father Juan Carlos abdicated after a four-decade reign.

Felipe pledged to restore public trust in the monarchy and ordered a palace reshuffle, meaning that Cristina and her sister, Princess Elena, are no longer official members of the royal family.

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