LONDON ENGLAND.- The British court on Thursday rejected the immunity petition presented by the King Emeritus of Spain, Juan Carlos I, in the context of a harassment lawsuit filed by his former lover Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein before the High Court of London.
defense of Juan Carlos of Bourbon He assured in December before the justice of England that he had immunity in his capacity as “member of the Spanish royal family”.
His lawyer, Daniel Bethlehem, he argued that, under the British State Immunity Act of 1978, the emeritus king could not be tried by British courts and that any accusation against him had to be brought before the Spanish justice system.
But the judge Matthew Nicklin ruled Thursday against him, considering that “the plaintiff’s claim is based on harassing conduct by the defendant” and “such acts do not fall within the sphere of governmental or sovereign activity.”
This allows Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgensteinalso known by her maiden name corinna larsenGo ahead with your civil lawsuit.
“Today’s sentence shows that the defendant cannot hide behind any position, power or privilege to avoid this cause,” he congratulated robin rathmellplaintiff’s attorney.
“This is the first step on the path to justice; the appalling facts of this case will ultimately be brought to justice,” he added.
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John Charles I, aged 84, abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son Philip VI, following a series of scandals that began in 2012 with a elephant hunting in botswanawhere he traveled precisely accompanied by Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a Danish businesswoman divorced from a German prince.
Subsequent revelations of this former lover about alleged embezzlement by Juan Carlos they ended up taking the king emeritus to go into exile in August 2020 to the United Arab Emirates.
He has lived there ever since, away from Spanish political life and stripped after his abdication of the immunity that protected him since he was appointed. head of state in 1975, after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco who had appointed him as his successor.
Praised internationally for decades and respected nationally for having helped bring democracy back to Spain, Juan Carlos has seen his popularity plummet in recent years.
– “It is not clear” the role of the CNI –
Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein58, claims to have been a lover of the then monarch between 2004 and 2009 and denounces that, after their breakup, she was spied on and harassed by order of the former head of state, accusations that he denies “in the strongest terms.”
In court documents, she explained that she was close friends with him for a time after their separation, when he gave her “works of art, jewelry and financial gifts,” including payments worth about 65 million euros ($73 million) in June 2012.
But he claims that Juan Carlos he tried to resume their relationship and, when she rejected him, the former sovereign engaged in a “pattern of behavior equivalent to harassment”.
He “demanded the return of the gifts,” was “threatening,” and “subsequently conducted or organized a series of acts of covert and overt surveillance, causing distress and anxiety” to his former lover, according to the lawsuit, which notes the involvement of members of the Spanish secret services.
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For Judge Nicklin, “the acts of surveillance alleged by the plaintiff, if they were carried out by agents of the National Intelligence Center (CNI)could enjoy state immunity, but the Spanish state has not claimed such immunity and it is not clear what precise role the CNI agents played in the alleged acts of harassment”.
Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein denounces that during a meeting in the London Connaught Hotel On May 5, 2012, an “agent or associate” of the former monarch was “threatening” towards her and her children.
And he assures that the meeting coincided “with the raid on his apartments in Monaco and in Villars, in Switzerlandwhere a book on the death of princess diana”.
The businesswoman also denounces “illegal entries and criminal damage, such as drilling a hole in her bedroom window while she slept at night at her home in Shropshire”, in northwest Englandon June 21, 2017, and shots to the security cameras of its entrance on April 14, 2020.
After denouncing these attacks to the police, Corinna is now claiming “personal damages” from Juan Carlos, due to the “great mental pain, alarm, anxiety and anguish” that she says she has suffered.