Juan Carlos, the disgraced former Spanish king, is in exile in the UAE, according to media reports on Friday….
Dogged by mounting corruption allegations, Carlos, 81, 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.
The Spanish daily ABC said a private plane en route from Paris to Abu Dhabi stopped off in the northwestern Spanish city of Vigo to pick up Carlos, four security guards, and one other person on Monday morning.
Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen airport, the king and his entourage were flown by helicopter to the government-owned Emirates Palace Hotel, ABC reported.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) officials were not immediately available for comment. The Emirates Palace Hotel did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
A palace spokesman said he did not know where Carlos was. The former king’s lawyer did not immediately reply to a request for comment.