Spanish royals knew my business, princess's husband tells court

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Spain: Princess Cristina and Her Husband in Court, as Defendants Testify in Fraud Case

MADRID (Reuters) - The husband of Spain's Princess Cristina said on Wednesday the royal family was fully aware of the business deals of his not-for-profit organization, the subject of an investigation that has landed him and his wife in court on charges of tax fraud.

Allegations that Inaki Urdangarin embezzled millions of euros in public funds through his charity the Noos Foundation have snared King Felipe's sister, along with 16 others, in the trial that has tapped into popular disgust against corruption.

The former Olympic handball player told the court: "I never would do anything without consulting (Carlos) Garcia Revenga, for example, so that he would be up to date with everything that we were doing," referring to a former royal secretary.

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Spain's Princess Cristina appears on a television screen in a press room as she is questioned by a prosecutor in landmark corruption trial held in the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on March 3, 2016. The second daughter of Juan Carlos I is the last of the case's 17 defendants to testify, a testimony in which she is expected to defend that she never participated in the affairs of her husband Inaki Urdangarin. / AFP / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Spain's Princess Cristina (L) and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin leave the courtroom following a hearing in a landmark corruption trial held at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on February 26, 2016. The trial for corruption in a high stakes case of Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, Urdangarin, continued into it's fourth day with defendants scheduled to finish testifying on February 26. / AFP / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Spain's Princess Cristina (L) and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin leave the courtroom following a hearing in a landmark corruption trial held at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on February 26, 2016. The trial for corruption in a high stakes case of Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, Urdangarin, continued into it's fourth day with defendants scheduled to finish testifying on February 26. / AFP / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin appears on a screen in the press room as he is questioned by prosecutor in landmark corruption trial held in the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on February 26, 2016. The trial for corruption in a high stakes case of Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, Urdangarin, continued into it's fourth day with defendants scheduled to finish testifying on February 26. / AFP / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09: Lawyer of 'Manos limpias' Virginia Lopez Negrete arrives at the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration for summary proceedings on February 09, 2016 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Princess Cristina of Spain, sister of King Felipe VI of Spain, faces a tax fraud trial over alleged links to business dealings of her husband, Inaki Urdangarin Princess Cristina co-owned with her husband a company called Aizoon alleged to be one of the companies used by the non-profit foundation named 'Instituto NOOS', headed by Inaki Urdangarin to misuse 5.6 million euro of public funds which were allocated to organise sports and tourism events. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09: Princess Cristina de Borbon and her husband Inaki Urdangarin arrive at the courtroom at the Balearic School of Public Administration for summary proceedings on February 09, 2016 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Princess Cristina of Spain, sister of King Felipe VI of Spain, faces a tax fraud trial over alleged links to business dealings of her husband, Inaki Urdangarin Princess Cristina co-owned with her husband a company called Aizoon alleged to be one of the companies used by the non-profit foundation named 'Instituto NOOS', headed by Inaki Urdangarin to misuse 5.6 million euro of public funds which were allocated to organise sports and tourism events. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Spain's Princess Cristina (R) and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin arrive for a hearing held in the courtroom in the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on February 9, 2016. The trial for corruption in a high stakes case of Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, started again today in Palma. AFP PHOTO/ JAIME REINA / AFP / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Spanish prosecutors Pedro Horrach (L) and Ana Lamas look on during the hearing of Spain's Princess Cristina, her husband former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin and his former partner Diego Torres and 16 other suspects, in the courtroom in the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 11, 2016. Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, will go on trial today for corruption in a high stakes case that risks inflicting further damage to the image of the Spanish monarchy. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ BALLESTEROS / AFP / POOL EFE / BALLESTEROS (Photo credit should read BALLESTEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin (C) looks on during a hearing held in the courtroom in the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 11, 2016. Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, will go on trial today for corruption in a high stakes case that risks inflicting further damage to the image of the Spanish monarchy. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ BALLESTEROS / AFP / POOL EFE / BALLESTEROS (Photo credit should read BALLESTEROS/AFP/Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - JANUARY 11: Spain's Princess Cristina (front) and former Olympic handball player and husband of Spain's Princess Cristina, Inaki Urdangarin arrive for a hearing held in the courtroom in the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 11, 2016. Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, will go on trial today for corruption in a high stakes case that risks inflicting further damage to the image of the Spanish monarchy (Photo by Guillem Bosch/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People displaying Republican flags and a Catalan independence flag (Estelada) protest outside the courtroom in the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP) building in Palma de Mallorca, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 11, 2016. Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, will go on trial today for corruption in a high stakes case that risks inflicting further damage to the image of the Spanish monarchy. AFP PHOTO/ JAIME REINA / AFP / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Urdangarin and Cristina, the first Spanish royal to stand in the dock, have denied any wrongdoing. The trial, a major embarrassment for Spain's royal family, started in a court on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca in January.

Urdangarin is accused of nine crimes including fraud and tax evasion with a combined possible jail sentence of 19-and-a-half years. Cristina is charged with two counts of being an accessory to tax fraud, which carry a combined sentence of up to eight years.

The Spanish legal system is under pressure to get tough on corruption after a string of graft cases involving the establishment from the main political parties to businessmen.

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's own People's Party (PP) has been engulfed by scandals that could thwart its chances of retaining power, following the arrest of several of the party's leadership in Madrid and Valencia.

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