FORMER King Juan Carlos is one step closer to regaining his lost immunity.
The 76-year-old ex-monarch lost his legal immunity after giving up his throne to his son, King Felipe VI, who took the throne on June 19.
But an amendment has been passed by Spain’s lower house of parliament that means any legal case involving Juan Carlos must be examined by the Supreme Court – which has a higher threshold for evidence.
This level of protection also applies to members of government and many judicial figures.
Juan Carlos is currently being threatened by two paternity suits, filed against him in 2012.
Alberto Sola Jimenez from Catalunya and Belgian national Ingrid Jeanne Satiau both claim to be the former king’s illegitimate children.
Politicians admitted last week that new legislation was being rushed through to protect the ex-ruler against these claims.
Two years ago, a devastating book by Pilar Eyre suggested that Juan Carlos was a professional seducer who had bedded more than 1,500 women.