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Spain’s former King Juan Carlos wins partial immunity in ex-lover case

Former Spanish King Juan Carlos has prevailed in an appeal to stop a portion of a case brought in the UK by his ex-lover against him.

Since their romance ended in 2012, businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein has claimed that the former king has been orchestrating harassment against her.

However, the UK judges decided the former king was immune from charges stemming from his time as a monarch.

2014 saw Juan Carlos, 84, abdicate. He claims he did nothing wrong.

The 57-year-old British resident Ms. zu Sayn-attorneys Wittgenstein’s claimed that the decision had no bearing on the “overwhelming” portion of her claim.

She claims that the former king’s “constant and ongoing campaign of harassment” since 2012 has caused her “severe mental agony,” for which she is asking for compensation and an injunction.

The Court of Appeal’s ruling on Tuesday overturns one from earlier this year. That one had concluded that Juan Carlos’s actions before to 2014 qualified as “private behavior” and could thus be criminally punished.

Michael Kim, the attorney for Ms. zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, claimed that the judgment “applies to a very restricted problem” involving “just the era when Juan Carlos was the reigning king of Spain” following the appeals decision.

According to Mr. Kim, “the vast majority of Corinna’s claim from 2014 remains untouched and should go to trial.”

In 1975, Spain underwent a democratic transformation that has been attributed to Juan Carlos. However, he resigned as a result of a slew of scandals involving his family, including a corruption probe involving the later-incarcerated spouse of his daughter, Inaki Urdangarin.

The former monarch left Spain due to fraud suspicions, which were ultimately dropped, and has since spent more than two years in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates. Due to a lack of proof, a Swiss investigation into a multi-million dollar payment from Saudi Arabia was abandoned.

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