Spain king’s brother-in-law jailed for embezzlement

The Spanish king’s brother-in-law began a six-year jail sentence on Monday, drawing a line under a long-running corruption scandal that enraged the public and brought shame on the royal family.

Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of King Felipe’s sister Cristina, arrived at a prison north of Madrid early on Monday after losing an appeal at the Supreme Court last week.

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The former Olympic handball player was sentenced to five years and 10 months of prison for embezzling millions of euros in a case which caused uproar and even contributed to the abdication of Felipe’s father.

Urdangarin, 50, turned himself in at a facility near Brieva, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Madrid, at 8.00am.

The move brings to a close a long-running scandal that has embarrassed the Spanish royal family.

Urdangarin went from being the golden boy who charmed the Spanish royals in the 1990s to the black sheep who tainted the royal family’s reputation.

He was guilty last year of embezzling millions of euros between 2004 and 2006 from the non-profit Noos Institute sports foundation that he headed on the island of Majorca.

The probe first began in 2010 and the scandal really took off a year later when the royal family excluded him from its activities.

Urdangarin’s jail term began as King Felipe VI was poised to kick off an official visit to the United States where he will meet US President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

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