Iñaki Urdangarin , in the third degree or open regime since last January, will serve the remainder of his sentence under the same conditions of semi-release in the Zaballa Penitentiary (Álava). Penitentiary Institutions has authorized that, as of next week, the husband of the Infanta Cristina de Borbón stops going to sleep from Monday to Thursday at the Social Insertion Center (CIS, for semi-released prisoners) of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid ) and to the Álava prison, which will allow him to enjoy free weekends near Vitoria, where his mother Claire Liebaert and several of his brothers reside.
Prisons has authorized this change after Urdangarin has justified having a job offer in the Basque capital. Specifically, in a law firm, so he will leave his work as a technical assistant in the care of people with disabilities that he was doing until now at the Don Orione center in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). The transfer will not affect, however, the participation of the brother-in-law of King Felipe VI 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. Urdangarin has served two years and eight months (he entered prison on June 18, 2018) of five years and 10 months of sentence imposed by the Supreme Court for the Nóos case of corruption.
Urdangarin wanted to be close to his family every time that his wife remains in Geneva with their youngest daughter, Irene, who is studying there. The restrictions imposed by the pandemic condition Cristina de Borbón's travels since she must be quarantined when she returns to Switzerland. During the weeks that he has remained, it has been Infanta Elena and Cristina Borbón-Dos Sicilias who have accompanied Urdangarin in his free hours
At the end of January, the Penitentiary Surveillance Court number 1 of Castilla y León, based in Valladolid, He upheld the appeal of Iñaki Urdangarin and granted him the third degree in prison, so that since then he was in semi-freedom and only had to sleep from Monday to Thursday at the Center for Social Insertion (CIS) in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). The judge thus revoked the resolution of the general director of Criminal Enforcement and Reintegration of December 30, 2020, which applied the principle of flexibility of 100.2 to his classification in second degree and destination in the aforementioned Center for Social Insertion.
Urdangarin chose prison of women from Brieva, in Ávila, to serve their sentence of five years and ten months for corruption in the Nóos case, entering for the first time on June 18, 2018. The decision to remain isolated in a module without contact with other prisoners has been the subject of discrepancies between the surveillance judge and Penitentiary Institutions. In this center for women, Urdagarin occupied a solo module, which gave him great privacy.
Until his third grade, Urdangarin has enjoyed other exit permits, as well as to volunteer in an NGO in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid ), in application of article 117 of the Penitentiary Regulation