THE new year opens with 150 corruption cases in the courts, and court dates are looming for some of the largest corruption cases in the country.
More than 2,000 people stand accused, according to estimates from Europa Press agency, as part of a country-wide crackdown on corruption.
The Noos case – in which Princess Cristina is charged with tax fraud – will come to court this year, the first time a direct royal family member will sit in the dock.
The princess faces eight years in prison, at the trial in Palma de Mallorca, while her husband Inaki Urdangarin faces up to 20 years.
The Gurtel case too – with Luis Barcenas in the dock – is expected in October, and will coincide with the general elections.
A total of 43 people are under investigation in the Gurtel case for corruption within the PP between 1999 and 2005.
Barcenas was imprisoned in the summer when it was discovered he had a fortune stashed in Swiss banks.
The coming year will also see the ERE redundancy scandal continuing, along with the Pujol family investigation in Barcelona and the Caja Madrid ‘magic’ cards probe.