Could This North African Country Host the Former Spanish King's Self-Exile?

Published August 4th, 2020 - 06:19 GMT
Could This North African Country Host the Former Spanish King's for His Self-Exile?
In 2014, Juan Carlos I had to step down after a series of corruption investigations. (CURTO DE LA TORRE / AFP - Edited by Al Bawaba)

In a letter to his son, the current King of Spain, the former Spanish King Juan Carlos I stated that "he's leaving the country amid corruption investigations related to Saudi money he had received years ago," without revealing his soon-to-be place of residence. Internet people, curious about the exile that the 82-year-old monarch will be calling home soon, started speculating about Morocco in particular.

Even though the former King expressed his desire to help his 52-year-old son "exercise his future responsibilities," many social media users showed great interest in knowing Juan Carlos I's next destination, as some suggested Bali while others supported an argument that Morocco, a former Spanish colony is where he will "resort to."

Rumors that the King might choose to settle in the North African country were based on local Spanish reports published last June; citing revelations made by the former king's lover Corinna Larsen.  According to Larsen, the Spanish monarch had received a 45k square meters piece of land near Marrakesh from the Moroccan king, a close friend of the Spanish royal family who reportedly owns the land he gifted.

Larsen has been sparking a lot of controversies ever since Carlos stepped down in 2014, causing several corruption-related scandals for the king, who ruled Spain between the years 1975-2014.

In 2014, Juan Carlos I had to step down after a series of corruption investigations involving his son-in-law and an alleged hunting trip he took during a financial crisis that rocked Spain in 2012.

Currently, the King is being investigated over reports of having received $100m from Saudi's late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2008, in what has been known as the "ultra-fast railroad deal." Juan Carlos I had reportedly "transferred the money to a secret account in Switzerland" before instructing his lawyer to "create a foundation to hide the money."


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