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Ex-Spanish king confirmed to be in UAE following self-exile amid financial scandal

Spain’s royal household says former monarch Juan Carlos is in the United Arab Emirates, resolving a mystery over his whereabouts that has swirled in Spain since he announced he was leaving the country amid a growing financial scandal.

“His Majesty Juan Carlos has indicated to this household to communicate that he travelled to United Arab Emirates on Aug. 3 and that’s where he currently remains,” a spokesperson of the royal household told The Associated Press. The spokesperson said he couldn’t be quoted in media reports.

In a letter published on the royal family’s website on Aug. 3, Juan Carlos told his son King Felipe VI he was moving outside Spain due to the “public repercussions of certain episodes of my past private life.”

Juan Carlos, 82, is the target of official investigations in Spain and Switzerland into possible financial wrongdoing.

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, have not responded to repeated questions regarding Juan Carlos’s stay in the country.

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