Riding a bicycle with a wool cap and the obligatory mask, Iñaki Urdangarin arrived last Wednesday shortly before 8:30 a.m. at the Imaz & Asociados law firm in Vitoria. There the new employee works as a business advisor since he has a degree in Business Administration and Management and a master's degree in Training, Intervention and Business Administration from ESADE. Shortly before that time, his former partner at Instituto Nóos, Diego Torres, had already started his working day as head of marketing for a plastics company in Sant Cugat del Vallès, his usual place of residence. Those most responsible for one of the most media cases in recent years have regained part of their freedom. The Supreme Court condemned Urdangarin for the crimes of embezzlement, prevarication, fraud against the Administration, two tax crimes and influence peddling. Torres, who was associated in 2003 with Cristina de Borbón's husband, is serving a sentence for embezzlement, prevarication and fraud against the Administration.
Urdangarin opens a new life this week. He has returned to his family home in Vitoria that he shares with his mother, Claire Liebaert. There he spends the three nights in which he does not have to spend the night in the Alava prison of Zaballa, ten kilometers from the capital, to which he has been transferred after being granted the third degree. The one day Duke of Palma requested this change after getting a job and arguing that he had to take care of his mother. Urdangarin wanted to be close to his family since his wife remains in Geneva (Switzerland) where she works at the headquarters of the Agá Khan foundation and lives with her youngest daughter, Irene , who studies there. The restrictions imposed by the pandemic condition Cristina de Borbón's travels, since she must be quarantined every time she returns to Switzerland. Therefore, the Infanta's visits will not be as regular as she would like.
Urdangarin's life during these first days has been quite routine. In the morning he goes swimming at the stadium sports center where his brother Mikel is manager, then he goes to work and the rest of the day is spent at home before going to prison to sleep. He has only made one exception for shopping: he is interested in changing bikes. But for two days he was not seen in his new office, which caused the alarms to go off, although it was quickly clarified that he, like other employees, will do telework on some occasions because of the pandemic. In this return to Vitoria, Urdangarin also wants to regain his link with handball, for which he is in negotiations to lead a team of lower categories
King Felipe VI's brother-in-law will also continue to participate in the new program for the reintegration of economic criminals (known by the acronym PIDECO) that the prison surveillance judge imposed as a condition when he authorized his semi-release, and that he must continue for more than 10 months in the Basque prison. Urdangarin has served two years and eight months (he entered jail on June 18, 2018) of the five years and 10 months sentence imposed by the Supreme Court for the Nóos case of corruption.
Diego Torres began before Urdangarin to enjoy a life of almost complete freedom, even though you keep looking in the rear-view mirror at the courts. Since June 2020, he has been in the third degree or semi-release regime, which initially allowed him to leave during the day in prison. Shortly after, the Generalitat also made him the beneficiary of an article of the penitentiary regulations (86.4) that exempts him from going to the center to sleep. This measure, which makes him a practically free man, was accepted by the prison surveillance judge. But the prosecution appealed it and justice will have the last word. His only contact with the prison world is an open center that supervises his development in freedom.
Torres' integration into the world of work is full. In the plastics company of Sant Cugat del Vallès, his traditional residence town and one of the municipalities with the highest per capita income in Spain, he has an indefinite contract. She is dedicated to office tasks, but also attends work meetings, which according to the Brians 2 treatment board allows her to have “normalized social relationships”. He also performs volunteer work at Cáritas, where he cares for people with disabilities. His wife, Ana Tejeiro, is in an ERTE due to the covid reason why Torres is now the "only source of income for the family," argues his lawyer in one of the briefs sent in recent months to the judges who have reviewed your prison situation. "He is a person with thick skin, a fighter who does not give up," say the same sources.
However, Claire Liebaert, Urdangarin's mother, has declared this week that her son is having a "a little" hard time going back a certain normality. His family maintains that his stay in the solitude of his cell in Brieva (Ávila) has left sequelae that he fights by clinging to religion .