Spain ex-king goes into exile: Reports
MADRID: Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has gone to the Dominican Republic after leaving his home country under a cloud of scandal, La Vanguardia and ABC newspapers reported on Tuesday, without citing sources.
Pressure had been building on the once popular former king as Spanish and Swiss prosecutors investigated allegations of bribes over a high-speed rail contract with Saudi Arabia. He decided to leave the country to let his son Felipe to rule untroubled, a palace statement said on Monday, without saying where he’s gone.
La Vanguardia said he went to Portugal by car on Monday morning and flew from there to the Dominican Republic, where he plans to stay for a few weeks with a family who made their wealth in sugar plantations, before looking for a new destination. Opinion is divided on whether he should have faced justice.