MADRID (apro). – The Swiss judiciary on Monday suspended the investigation into the millionaire’s donation made by King Emeritus, Juan Carlos de Bourbon, to his close examiner, Corinna Larsen, for not finding enough evidence that this money was related to the works on the express train (AVE) between Medina and Mecca, built by Spanish companies, according to the newspaper Tribune de Gèneve.
Geneva Cantonal Prosecutor Yves Bertosa opened proceedings in August 2018 against Larsen and the alleged figureheads of the king, his lawyer Dante Canonica and chief financial officer Arturo Fasana, as well as the directors of Mirabud Bank.
But Attorney General Bertosa decreed on Monday the proceedings file when he did not find sufficient links with the work of the association, also called AVE of the Desert.
The Public Prosecutor informed the parties of the decision to acquit Arturo Fasana, the manager of the honorary king’s account at Mirabud Bank, of any criminal liability, in which he received $ 100 million from Saudi Arabia.
To Dante Canónica, Director of the Panamanian Foundation in whose name the funds were entered; and Corina Larsen, the former lover of the king to whom in 2012 he transferred a large part of the Saudi money.
They were investigated for money laundering charges that were exacerbated by the alleged donation of $100 million that Juan Carlos I received in 2008 from the Ministry of Finance of Saudi Arabia.
The current emeritus king transferred this amount to Larsen in 2012 through his operating companies in the Bahamas. These inquiries did not directly affect the Elder King.
In the prosecutor’s ruling, he also acquits Yves Mirabeau, the head of the bank that bears his name, who has been charged with not making adequate checks on the cause of the donation to the King.
The entity was ordered to pay 50,000 Swiss francs (just over $54,000) for failing to report to MROS; A Swiss anti-money laundering body, of an “extraordinary nature” for the funds Larsen receives in his account with that entity.
Aside from the Swiss investigations, in Spain, the Office of the Prosecutor of the Supreme Court also kept three cases open to the AVE commissions to Mecca, the hidden wealth on the island of Jersey, and the use of opaque cards behind the back of the treasury.
The Office of the Prosecutor also intends to archive this tripartite investigation without convicting the honorary king, but at the moment more time has been devoted to the analysis of all documents received from the Jersey authorities.
Bertosa’s suspicions since 2018 have focused on the fact that this money was the result of an illegal commission due to the intervention of Juan Carlos de Bourbon to get Spanish companies to make a significant reduction in the Medina and Mecca AVE business.
What contradicts the hypothesis is that the honorary king received this donation in 2008, three years before the contract was awarded.
The Swiss investigation began in 2018 after the publication of some audio recordings in which Larsen attributed to Juan Carlos de Bourbon the use of pictorial symbols to occupy a supposed fortune in that country.
These were the illegal recordings made by the Spanish Police Commissioner, José Manuel Villarrigo, in a conversation he had with Larsen and with the former President of Telefónica, Juan Villalonga, in London.
Very soon after the scandal when these recordings became known, Bertosa began his investigations and discovered the trace of an alleged donation to a German businesswoman of Danish descent in searches conducted in the offices of Dante Canonica and Arturo Fasana, the resident fund manager. in Geneva and that he is an old acquaintance of Spanish justice because he dealt with hidden accounts in Switzerland about Francisco Correa, the leader of the Görtel case, the largest conspiracy of political corruption involving the Popular Party.
The investigation revealed that, in August 2008, Fasana entered into an account in the private bank of Mirabudd in the name of the Panamanian Lokom Foundation in the amount of $100 million from the Saudi Ministry of Finance. The first beneficiary of the Lucum Foundation was Juan Carlos de Bourbon and the second, his son Philip VI.
In 2012, King transferred that money to Larsen. In the framework of these investigations, Bertosa has officially requested information from Spain about the investigation which is continuing here from the AVE to Mecca and has traveled to Madrid to meet with the Spanish anti-corruption prosecutors and the judge of the National Supreme Court who is taking various files from the Villarrigo case.
The businesswoman and her defense have long argued that it was a “gift” from the King after five years of extramarital affair with her.
This deal is central to Corina’s lawsuit against Juan Carlos I in the United Kingdom which could put the King in trouble.
According to Larsen, he was the victim of a campaign of harassment, including threats and defamation, both covert and visual surveillance by Spanish intelligence agents and alleged mercenaries to get him back that money.
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