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Former Spanish king Juan Carlos in Abu Dhabi – report

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse
Former Spanish king Juan Carlos in Abu Dhabi – report

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 20, 2010 Spain's King Juan Carlos attends the funeral of four Spanish soldiers killed in an helicopter accident in Haiti, at the Rota Naval Base, southern Spain. Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled to the Dominican Republic after his shock announcement he was going into exile. Daily newspaper ABC reported on August 4, 2020 that he left Spain and flew to the Dominican Republic via Portugal. Cristina Quicler / AFP

The royal palace has refused to reveal where Juan Carlos is living, saying he will announce it himself if necessary

Juan Carlos, the former king of Spain who has gone into exile in the face of corruption allegations, has traveled to Abu Dhabi according to Spanish newspaper ABC, contradicting earlier press reports about his whereabouts.

Other media have singled out Portugal or the Dominican Republic as possible destinations for the former monarch who abdicated in 2014, but his exact location has yet to be pinned down.

The royal palace has refused to reveal where Juan Carlos is living, saying he will announce it himself if necessary.

Pro-monarchy newspaper ABC wrote that the 82-year-old boarded a private jet on Monday, August 3, from Vigo in northeastern Spain along with one aide and 4 bodyguards.

Seven hours later, the plane landed at a business airport in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

According to a flight plan ABC said it had seen, the jet was registered as departing from Paris to avoid arousing suspicion.

In fact, it took off from Paris on Sunday, August 2, before making a stop in Vigo to pick up Juan Carlos.

The paper says he is now well shielded from paparazzi photographers in the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel, adding that high temperatures have so far kept him indoors.

But a manager at the hotel denied the former king was there, telling Agence France-Presse: “We have no VIP guests.”

Juan Carlos has long had warm relations with the Gulf monarchies, and Spanish press reports say a transfer of $100 million to one of his Swiss bank accounts from late Saudi king Abdullah has come into investigators’ sights.

After abdicating over corruption allegations stemming from public statements by a former mistress, Juan Carlos announced Monday that he was quitting Spain so as not to undermine his son King Felipe VI. – Rappler.com

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