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King of Spain Juan Carlos I

Spain: Landmark fraud trial starts for Princess Cristina

Spain's Princess Cristina spent 12 hours in court Monday at the start of her landmark criminal case, confronting accusations of bankrolling a lavish lifestyle with funds her husband received from an alleged scheme to embezzle millions from public contracts for conferences and sporting events.

Cristina and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, said nothing during the opening of their trial as their lawyers and attorneys for 16 additional defendants argued why their clients should have the charges dropped and made requests about evidence and witnesses for a trial expected to last six months.

One defense lawyer asked to call Spain's current and former kings as witnesses and a...