MADRID, 18 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The United Kingdom Court of Appeals has decided this Monday to allow the king emeritus to appeal Judge Matthew Nicklin's initial decision not to recognize diplomatic immunity against the lawsuit filed by his former close friend Corinna Larsen for harassment, which would allow Juan Carlos I stop the civil actions undertaken by the businesswoman.
This was announced by Judge Nicholas Underhill at the end of a hearing that lasted about two hours and where the former monarch's lawyers have argued that, despite his abdication in 2014, Juan Carlos I is a member of the royal family and, as As such, he maintains a special relationship with Felipe VI, which means that any action taken against him affects the functions of the current head of state.
It was on March 24 when Judge Matthew Nicklin, a magistrate of the Superior Court of Justice, determined that Don Juan Carlos did not enjoy the diplomatic immunity conferred by the Head of State for having abdicated. "There is only one King and one head of state in Spain and, since June 19, 2014, that is his son, King Felipe VI," he stressed.
This first Nicklin car cleared the way for Larsen's lawsuit to continue its course in British justice, something that will now depend on how the appeal is resolved.
The businesswoman maintains in her lawsuit that the King Emeritus would have harassed her after she put an end to the relationship they had maintained. First to try to get her back and then as a revenge to harm her business, according to the story of the businesswoman.
For this reason, Larsen is claiming compensation from Juan Carlos I --the amount of which has not transpired-- for the costs of his mental health medical treatment, for the "installation of personal security measures and daily protection services" and for the hiring to "former diplomats and former government officials" to intervene in order to "end the harassment" he says he has received.