Disgraced previous King Juan Carlos of Spain fled the country to conceal out in the Dominican Republic with a rich household there, stories reported Tuesday.
The ex-monarch — battling allegations of bribe-having and linked suspicious off-shore accounts, not to mention lingering general public resentment in excess of several rumored extramarital affairs — disappeared as a letter he wrote to his son, King Felipe VI, surfaced Monday.
“Guided by the conviction to complete the greatest company to the Spanish people today, their institutions and you as King, I am communicating my considerate selection to shift, at this time, outside of Spain,” Juan Carlos, 82, wrote in the missive, which was posted on the royal family’s Web internet site.
The former king remaining the palace Sunday, drove to Portugal on Monday and then flew to the DR, according to the Spanish La Vanguardia newspaper.
The royal — who took the throne from Gen. Francisco Franco when the dictator died in 1975 — is planning to commit the following number of weeks with a relatives that produced its fortune working sugar plantations, the paper claimed.
ABC Information also described Juan Carlos in the Dominican Republic, while one more Spanish newspaper, El Confidencial, stated he was however exterior Lisbon in Portugal.
The previous king is not formally less than investigation so is as a result not a fugitive, experiences mentioned.
He abdicated his throne in 2014 amid scrutiny about his finances and immediately after tales he cheated on his very long-struggling wife, then-Queen Sofia.
He is being accused of using millions of dollars in kickbacks from Saudi Arabia more than the making of a substantial-pace railway there by a Spanish organization group — then trying to disguise the revenue in offshore accounts.