24 Feb 2013

Spanish king's son-in-law questioned

9:44 am on 24 February 2013

The King of Spain's son-in-law has been questioned by a judge over a growing corruption scandal that has embarrassed the royal family.

Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, is accused of misusing millions of euros in public funds given to a charitable foundation he ran.

The duke has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime. The BBC reports it is the second time he has been questioned.

The former Olympic handball player, is married to King Juan Carlos's second child, Princess Cristina.

He was suspended from official royal engagements in December last year.

The 45-year-old duke and his former business partner Diego Torres are suspected of siphoning off money given by regional governments to the Noos Institute to organise sporting events.

It is alleged that some of the money ended up in companies controlled by the duke and in offshore bank accounts.

The events allegedly happened between 2004 and 2006, when the duke stepped down as head of the institute.

Mr Torres - who was questioned by the judge last week - has also denied any wrongdoing.