Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos is in Abu Dhabi, ABC newspaper claims

Former Spanish king Juan Carlos is in Abu Dhabi since Monday, ABC newspaper wrote on Friday. He left Spain aboard a private jet and settled in the exclusive Emirates Palace Hotel. Both United Arab Emirates officials and the hotel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Dogged by mounting corruption allegations, Juan Carlos abruptly announced his decision to leave Spain on Monday but there has been no official confirmation of his whereabouts, setting off an international guessing game. ABC said a private plane en route from Paris to Abu Dhabi stopped off in the northwestern Spanish city of Vigo to pick up Juan Carlos, four security guards and one other person on Monday morning.

Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi’s airport, the ex-king and his entourage were flown by helicopter to the government-owned Hotel Emirates Palace, according to ABC. A palace spokesman said he did not know where Juan Carlos was. The former king’s lawyer did not immediately reply to a request for comment. His lawyer, the royal palace and the government have all declined to say where Juan Carlos is.

Some media have speculated Juan Carlos is in a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic and others place him in Portugal, where he spent much of his youth. But officials in both countries have said they have no knowledge of him arriving.

In June, Spain’s Supreme Court opened a preliminary investigation into Juan Carlos’ involvement in a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia, after Switzerland’s La Tribune de Geneve newspaper reported he had received $100 million from the late Saudi king. Switzerland has also opened an investigation. The former monarch is not formally under investigation and has repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations.

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