The information linking the king emeritus with the 100 million dollars of Saudi origin in a Panamanian foundation is the penultimate episode of an underground war that is now impossible to control between the former head of state and the German-German businesswoman Corinna zu Zayn-Wittgenstein. An investigation by the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office for money laundering, the proximity of a trial against Commissioner Villarejo and the alleged threats of the CNI to the examination of the king threaten to aggravate the suspicions surrounding the monarch.
“I’m sorry. I have made a mistake. It will not happen again” With these unusual words, Juan Carlos I tried to placate the controversy eight years ago for his trip to a luxurious hunt in Botswana during the time of cuts and economic crisis in Spain. It transpired because he suffered a serious accident that forced him to have an emergency hip break. But that incident also served to know his link with Corinna zu Zayn-Wittgenstein, an London-based aristocrat. She would later define herself as “an endearing friend.”
In reality, that was only the prelude to a confrontation that has worsened in recent days, in the press and in the courts. That initial earthquake that accelerated the king’s abdication had lived aftershocks, but none had had such real effects as before. On February 15, the British newspaper The telegraph lit the fuse again with information under the title Spain’s ex-wife faces questions about his cousin’s agreement with Barclays Bank. As he said, the monarch’s cousin, Alvaro de Orleans, charged 44.5 million euros from a commission after the sale of the Zaragozano Bank to the British Barclays Bank.
The frontman in Switzerland, according to Corinna
To understand the importance of this information, it is necessary to go back to the summer of 2018 briefly when The Spanish revealed a conversation between Corinna zu Zayn-Wittgenstein and the controversial commissioner – then active – Jose Manuel Villarejo. Among other things, she revealed that the emeritus king had money in Switzerland and to hide it he used his cousin as a frontman and fictional account holder. That meeting, held in 2015 at the London residence of the king’s already examine, would have other key consequences in this story.
Alvaro de Orleans’ lawyer told The telegraph that his client didn’t remember anything about that commission. Nevertheless, Vozpopuli published this week the documentation proving its existence. It appears in the official information of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse, specifically in the account details on behalf of the Zagatka Foundation whose owner is the cousin of the emeritus king. It expressly includes the existence of these funds “For introducing the people who intervened in the sale of the Zaragozano Bank to Barclays Bank in London”.
The purchase of the Zaragozano Bank took place in 2003. Months after the agreement, Alvaro de Orleans created its foundation in Geneva. The top shareholders of Zaragozano were businessmen Alberto Alcocer and Alberto Cortina, from the king’s circle of friendships Juan Carlos. This Monday, The country published an interview with the monarch’s cousin. Asked in this regard, he insisted on denying it: “It is totally false.” He also denied having a relationship with the Albertos.
Alvaro de Orleans: “I created the foundation to lend a hand to royal families when they need it” But the interview included other answers that raised doubts about his role as a frontman. When explaining the purpose of his Swiss foundation, he said it was for “Lend a hand to royal families when they need it”. Vozpopuli He contacted Alvaro de Orleans’s lawyers, but received no response.
Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve He also titled this week the following information: An investigation reveals secret money of the exrey of Spain in Geneva. He echoed the finding of a 100 million dollar transfer from the king of Saudi Arabia to an account of the private bank Mirabaud. The account was in the name of another foundation called Lucum “of which Juan Carlos I was the only beneficiary”. Vozpopuli He has contacted the Royal House, which has avoided making statements on a matter “in legal proceedings.” The Saudi embassy in Madrid also did not want to give its version. At least in the Panamanian documentation on that foundation to which he has had access Vozpopuli The name of the king emeritus does not appear.
The investigation referred to Tribune de Geneve It is carried out in Switzerland for an alleged “aggravated money laundering”. It is run by a prosecutor named Yves Bertossa and has its origin in that 2015 conversation between Corinna and Villarejo that came to light three years later. Another of the names cited by the examination of the king emeritus was that of the Swiss lawyer Dante Canon. He pointed to him as the architect of the king’s corporate framework in Switzerland.
Canonical, Fasana and the ‘Sunny’ account
Dante Canonica appears next to Arturo Gianfranco Fasana in both the Zagatka and Lucum documents. They are two old acquaintances of the Spanish authorities for their activity in the construction of offshore structures of large fortunes and Alvaro de Orleans admits that they are his managers. Fasana was investigated after the Gurtel operation for managing the funds of the plot leader, Francisco Correa. Canonical had to testify as a witness in the same procedure.
Both were responsible for an account in Switzerland called Sunny, managed by a company called Rhône Gestion. The identities of all of its clients have never transcended, but Fasana has never hidden that it had a large portfolio of Spanish fortunes. At least in the commercial registers there are relations between those responsible for Rhône Gestion and some entrepreneurs such as Albertos.
The revelations of the exam of the king emeritus caused the National Court to open a separate piece in the framework of the macrocause on Villarejos activities. Nevertheless, the judge filed it at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office appealing to the inviolability of Juan Carlos I. It was a provisional file, so that piece, baptized with the name of Carol, it can still be reopened before the finding of new evidence in a Court that now directs another magistrate with a different criterion from that of its predecessor.
The work of the AVE to Mecca
But Corinnazu Zayn-Wittgenstein said more things in that conversation with Villarejo. One of them is that Spanish businessmen who participated in the award of the AVE to Mecca charged illegal commissions. That gave rise to the Spanish anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office to open a separate investigation and meet with the king’s exam in London last September. However, he was much less forceful than Villarejo. He said he knew little about that matter and by third parties.
The Spanish Prosecutor maintains contact with the Swiss investigator. Bertossa went to Madrid on October 29 and held a meeting with the person in charge of Spanish investigations, prosecutor Luis Pastor. Also with other authorities of the Public Ministry and the National Court. The exchange between both parties led the Swiss investigator to request the tapes with the audios of Corinna zu Zayn-Wittgenstein and Villarejo while the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office requested, via rogatory commission, information that has not yet been sent.
One of the research theses in Switzerland is that the 100 million dollars of Saudi Arabia are a consideration for the monarch’s efforts
Within the framework of these contacts, from the National Court Bertossa has recently been asked to send documentationas he advanced Vozpopuli. One of the research theses in Switzerland is that the 100 million dollars of Saudi Arabia are a consideration to the efforts of the monarch to agree a 30 percent reduction in the price of the Spanish offer for the construction of the AVE to Mecca, according to knowledgeable sources of these contacts between countries. That although the award came after that alleged payment.
“A gift” millionaire “unsolicited”
As he advanced Tribune de Geneve, much of that Saudi money ended up in the hands of Corinnazu Zayn-Wittgenstein. He was transferred from the Panamanian Lucum Foundation to a Geneva branch in the Bahamas. The exam of the emeritus king acknowledges having received the money, but denies its illicit origin and describes it as “an unsolicited gift”. “In 2012 our client received an unsolicited gift from King Emeritus who described it as a form of donation for her and her son, with whom he had become fond of,” says one of the lawyers of the Germanic aristocrat. They argue that “the donation was clearly documented as a gift, and professional services companies and banks performed the necessary compliance and due diligence on the funds.”
That year 2012 is the time of the Botswana accident when the problems began. Corinna zu Zayn-Wittgenstein claims to have been threatened by the former head of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), Felix Sanz Roldan and this is another front of the conflict between both parties. According to his version, it was on May 5 of that year at the Connaught Hotel in London: “It was during that meeting when General Roldan threatened me and my children”. The director of the secret services expressly told him “not to talk to the media”. She blames the monarch for being behind that harassment campaign.
Corinna contributed some alleged SMS exchanged with Don Juan Carlos to whom he had recorded on his mobile as “John Smith”
All this was left in writing by the king’s exam in a sworn statement a year ago before a notary published by Vozpopuli. For the first time he referred to his bond with the monarch as a “romantic relationship.” He also contributed alleged SMS exchanged with Don Juan Carlos to whom He had engraved in his contact list with the identity of “John Smith”. It’s the same thing he told Villarejo at his 2015 meeting. The commissioner’s interest – currently in prison – was to gather sensitive ammunition in personal war that he kept open with Sanz Roldan.
At that time, the newspaper The country He had already published information in which he brought out the corporate network of Villarejo with 12 companies and a capital of 16 million euros, a fortune incompatible with the salary of a police officer. The commissioner felt threatened and used the information transmitted by Corinna during an interview granted to the program Saved from The sixth in which he aired those alleged threats. That it cost him a complaint for insults of the head of the Spanish spies that will be resolved on the 23rd of this month in a court of Madrid.
For that dispute, he is cited to declare Corinna, who has already expressed his intention to testify in favor of Villarejo and endorse that version. At the same time, their lawyers have announced that they will initiate legal actions for these threats in the United Kingdom. As he advanced eldiario.es, the complaint will be directed against Sanz Roldan and against Juan Carlos I. This newspaper contacted Sanz Roldan who denied these serious accusations: “I have never threatened anyone in my life and that is why I have put myself in the hands of Justice.” The Royal House is silent.