Spain’s Juan Carlos accused of threatening ex-lover’s life


The previous lover of Spain’s king emeritus, Juan Carlos, has testified that her life had been threatened by a former spy chief on orders from the exiled monarch himself in a dialog that “terrified” her.

The explosive testimony on Friday by German-born enterprise advisor Corinna Larsen emerged in the course of the trial of a infamous retired police chief suspected of large-scale corruption whose revelations have shaken Spain’s elite.

However her allegations have been denied by Common Felix Sanz Roldan, who served as head of Spain’s CNI intelligence providers between 2009 and 2019.

Chatting with a courtroom in Madrid by video convention from London, Larsen – who additionally makes use of the surname zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – mentioned she had been immediately threatened in Could 2012 by Sanz Roldan.

And he or she testified that the orders had finally come from the then monarch, Juan Carlos I.

Throughout her affair with the king, which she mentioned resulted in 2012, two years earlier than his abdication, Larsen mentioned she obtained delicate paperwork in regards to the “monetary and enterprise dealings” of the king and the royal family, which the safety providers needed to pay money for.


Testifying in courtroom, she mentioned Sanz Roldan had contacted her on a number of events to clarify that till she handed over the paperwork, she wouldn’t be protected, threatening each her and her youngsters in a gathering at London’s Connaught Resort on Could 5, 2012.

She mentioned he had laid out varied suggestions “which have been actually orders” which he suggested her to comply with.

“He mentioned until I adopted them, he couldn’t assure my bodily security or the bodily security of my youngsters,” she advised the courtroom, saying his phrases “terrified me.”

However Sanz Roldan flatly denied the allegations, later telling the courtroom he had “by no means ever threatened a lady or a baby”.

In June 2020, the Spanish Supreme Court docket introduced the opening of an investigation to ascertain whether or not former King Juan Carlos has legal accountability in an alleged corruption case involving a Saudi firm [File: Jaime Reina/AFP]

‘Similar destiny as Woman Di?’

Larsen mentioned the assembly had been “organised on the specific want” of the king himself.

“King Juan Carlos and Common Sanz Roldan at all times took nice pains to elucidate that the king was commanding the overall to hold out these operations in order that’s an necessary reality to notice, that these directions got here from the highest.”

Later that day, she flew to Switzerland and on getting into the household condominium within the Alps, discovered a ebook about Woman Diana’s 1997 dying in a high-speed automotive crash in a Paris tunnel.

A number of hours later, in the course of the night time, she mentioned she obtained an nameless name in Spanish saying: “There are lots of tunnels between Monaco and Good.” Larsen has lived in Monaco previously.

“This hit house the truth of the threats and the hazard I discovered myself in.”

Requested by the prosecution why she had not come ahead prior to now, Larsen mentioned she feared for her personal security provided that each Sanz Roldan and the king benefitted from diplomatic immunity.

“Denouncing Common Sanz Roldan, who’s a secretary of state and has full immunity, I might have needed to denounce the king of Spain himself because the particular person giving these orders and he was coated by immunity,” she mentioned.

“We didn’t assume that the police in London might truly assist me or defend me.”

‘Why threaten her?’

Larsen was testifying on the trial of former police chief Jose Manuel Villarejo, who’s within the dock on fees of constructing a false allegation and slander for alleging Sanz Roldan had “threatened to kill” Larsen in an interview revealed in June 2017.

Larsen met Villarejo at her house in London in April 2015, the place she advised him in regards to the threats in a dialog which he recorded with out her data or consent.

He mentioned he met her on the CNI’s orders, pretending to be a lawyer who might assist her with a view to trick her into handing over the paperwork.

Corinna Larsen, an in depth private pal of former Spanish King Juan Carlos, testifies in courtroom by video convention from London on Friday [Reuters TV]

Regardless of his work with the company, his relationship with Sanz Roldan deteriorated considerably within the following years and in June 2017, Villarejo leaked particulars of the risk in a TV interview.

5 months later he was arrested.

Villarejo met “many occasions” with Larsen, with a recording of 1 such encounter triggering an enormous probe into the funds of the 83-year-old former king, considered one of a string of corruption allegations.

Juan Carlos fled into self-imposed exile within the United Arab Emirates in August, saying on the time he didn’t need his private affairs to undermine the reign of his son King Felipe VI.