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Spain’s former king Juan Carlos I in UAE, royal household confirms

Madrid / Spain’s former king Juan Carlos I has been in the United Arab Emirates since 3 August, the royal household confirmed in a statement Monday, putting an end to weeks of speculation.

The whereabouts of the former monarch had been undisclosed since he announced on 3 August that he would abandon the country amid a growing scandal alleging his involvement in opaque financial dealings linked to a rail contract with Saudi Arabia.

The 82-year-old served as the Spanish head of state from 1975 until 2014, when he abdicated in favor of his son, Felipe VI, as his popularity shrank. He oversaw Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy in the 1970s.

Spain’s royal household said in a statement that Juan Carlos had informed the royal family that he had traveled to the UAE on 3 August, “where he currently remains.”

Spanish and foreign press were abuzz with conflicting rumors claiming Juan Carlos went to Portugal or the Dominican Republic following the former king’s shock announcement earlier this month.

Days after he departed from the country he once ruled, images captured by Spanish media purportedly showed Juan Carlos at the airport in Abu Dhabi.

The royal household, the Spanish government and Juan Carlos’ lawyer had declined to confirm the whereabouts of the emeritus king.

In his 3 August statement, Juan Carlos said he was leaving Spain “in the face of the public repercussions that certain past events in my private life are generating.”

He said he remained at the disposition of Spain’s justice system.

Swiss prosecutors have confirmed a probe into whether an alleged gift of $100 million made in 2008 by Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah to Juan Carlos had been a kickback related to a Spanish consortium’s multi-billion-dollar contract to build a high-speed railway between the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina.

Prosecutors at Spain’s Supreme Court have also launched a probe into the allegedly opaque financial dealings.

Having been nominated by dictator Fransciso Franco several years earlier, Juan Carlos came to the throne in 1975. But rather than continuing the politics of the regime after Franco’s death, the then-king backed the democratization of Spain and the creation of a new constitution.

Toward the end of his reign, however, his popularity had tumbled and he was forced to apologize to the public in 2012 when it emerged he had traveled to Botswana to hunt elephants while Spain was in the depths of an economic crisis. (August 17, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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una investigación que está realizando la Fiscalía del Tribunal Supremo.
dónde se encuentra actualmente el rey Juan Carlos I.
cuándo decidió el rey Juan Carlos I abandonar España.
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don Juan Carlos estuvo recientemente en Portugal y en República Dominicana antes de llegar a Abu Dabi.
se desmiente que don Juan Carlos esté actualmente en la capital de Emiratos Árabes Unidos.
don Juan Carlos se encuentra en Abu Dabi desde el pasado 3 de agosto.
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don Juan Carlos pidió a Pedro Sánchez que fuera él el que hiciera público el lugar donde se encontraba.
hasta ahora no se ha hecho público el paradero del  rey Juan Carlos I.
el presidente del Gobierno de España ya había comunicado el 3 de agosto el paradero de don Juan Carlos.
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la Fiscalía del Tribunal Supremo pidió a don Juan Carlos que fuera a Emiratos Árabes Unidos.
don Juan Carlos estará en Emiratos Árabes Unidos solo un par de días.
don Juan Carlos decidió fijar su residencia en otro país.
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desmiente que don Juan Carlos haya transferido dinero a una cuenta bancaria de Corinna Larsen.
investiga el origen del ingreso de varias decenas de millones de euros a una cuenta bancaria.
descarta por completo que don Juan Carlos haya recibido comisiones por la construcción del AVE a la Meca.
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don Juan Carlos dio una rueda de prensa para informar de su salida del país.
Felipe VI expresó a don Juan Carlos su sentido respeto y agradecimiento ante su decisión.
se desconoce si la reina Sofía seguirá residiendo en el Palacio de la Zarzuela.
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pidió a su abogado que informase de que permanece a disposición del Ministerio Fiscal para cualquier trámite.
abdicó hace 14 años.
acaba de abandonar la vida pública.
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