Crime & Justice

Former Spain King can’t be tried for harassment prior to 2014 abdication

London, Dec 6 (EFE).- A British appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of former Spanish King Juan Carlos I, saying that he cannot be tried for allegedly harassing his former mistress, Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, prior to his abdication in 2014 because he had royal immunity.

The decision thus amended a ruling by a London court in March which said the former king could be tried on allegations of harassment during an 8-year period between 2012 and 2020.

Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein has accused the former Spanish king of orchestrating a campaign of harassment after their relationship ended in 2012.

Juan Carlos, who will still face charges relating to his alleged conduct after 2014, denies the allegations.

Michael Kim, of the Kobre & Kim law firm defending zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, said in a statement that the “overwhelming part of Corinna’s claim, from 2014, remains unaffected and should proceed to trial.”

The trial is expected to take place in the middle of next year.


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