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A supposed administrative error by the Spanish tax agency falsely attributing the sale of 13 estates to the Princess Cristina as part of the ongoing corruption case against her husband has Internet users taunting the agency for its clumsy mistake.
The main person accused in the so-called “Case Nóos” is Iñaki Urdangarín, the King's son-in-law, but Urdangarín's wife, Princess Cristina, could also be implicated in the case if she cooperated in the fiscal crimes of her husband.
A report requested recently by Judge José Castro from the Spanish Tax Agency, which details the patrimonial activities of Princess Cristina, attributes the buying and selling of 13 estates carried out between 2005 and 2006 to the princess. But the agency later released a statement declaring the information in the report to be false due to an administrative error. The tax minister explained in the statement that the error was due to a mistaken attribution of the princess’ national ID number, or DNI, given that the number on her document coincides with the number of others. An unlikely justification, considering that each DNI is unique and that the ID document of the King's daughter consists of just two digits and a letter: “14Z”.
While the media tried to decipher whether or not the error was committed by the exchequer, Internet users made fun of the Spanish administration system and its explanation. At the same time, users expressed their doubts about the quality of the judicial investigation.
These have been some of the comments made online about the supposed error, making “DNI” a trending topic on Twitter:
@moedetriana: La infanta tiene un DNI de dos cifras y unos ingresos de ocho y nosotros al revés.
@LaEtxebarria: Voto porque en nuestra próxima declaración de la renta todos pongamos el número 14 . Un error lo tiene cualquiera.
@LaEtxebarria: I vote that in our next tax declaration we all put our DNI number as 14. It's an easy mistake to make.
Many, including numerous journalists, expressed their skepticism of the possibility that the Exchequer made a genuine mistake:
And others related it to other current corruption cases:
@Fredy_Barragan: Yo creo que lo de Messi es un error en el DNI, como la Infanta Cristina. No hay otra explicación.
@antoniosilvaweb: Lo del DNI de la infanta es error de Hacienda. Lo de Blesa es error del juez. Lo de seguir aguantando a estos golfos, sí es error nuestro.
Some Internet users commented on the news with photo montages:
In Spain, corruption cases are testing the patience of the citizens who, at the same time, are being submitted to austerity measures put in place by the government. A large part of the country's institutions are under suspicion of corruption. In any case, the reactions on the Internet show that Spaniards still react with humour in the face of such news.
However, they also question whether justice is equal for everybody. Luis Piedrahita wrote a message on Twitter about the debate. Just 40 minutes later, it had been retweeted 600 times:
@PiedrahitaLuis: Mientras la justicia imputa y desimputa, encarcela y desencarcela, culpa y exculpa, España espera y desespera.
@PiedrahitaLuis: While the justice system accuses and defends, jails and frees, blames and excuses, Spain hopes and despairs.