Summary Box: Spanish king's son-in-law distanced

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Posted: Dec 12, 2011 1:08 PM
Summary Box: Spanish king's son-in-law distanced

UNDER INVESTIGATION: King Juan Carlos's son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, will stop taking part in official ceremonies because of business dealings that are under investigation, Spain's Royal Palace said Monday.

THE SUBJECT: Urdangarin is reportedly suspected of siphoning away funds from public contracts awarded from 2004 to 2006 to a nonprofit foundation he then headed. He has not been charged with a crime.

THE BACKDROP: The allegation looks bad for the royal family at a time of economic crisis in Spain, where unemployment stands at 21.5 percent.