When the investigating magistrate José Castro indicted Infanta Cristina, he set a court bond of 2.7m euros and specified that the decision to put her on trial could not be appealed. The princess’ legal team lodged an appeal anyway. They said that she had suffered tremendous personal and public consequences during the three year investigation.
Yesterday, Castro refused the appeal meaning that the Infanta will be the first Spanish royal to stand trial.
At first the government stood by Cristina. Prime minister Rajoy said that he was convinced things would go well for her. Now though, his party have distanced themselves even to the extent that the spokesperson for the PP told El Mundo that Cristina should reflect on whether she should renounce her right to succession – she is currently sixth in line to the throne.