Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos to leave country

Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos to leave country
Spain's former King Juan Carlos. File photoImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption King Juan Carlos is under investigation in Spain, as well as in Switzerland

Spain's former king, Juan Carlos, will leave the country, the royal palace has announced, weeks after he was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption.

Juan Carlos, 82, made the announcement in a letter to his son, Felipe, to whom he handed power six years ago.

He said he would be available if prosecutors needed to interview him.

In June, Spain's Supreme Court opened an investigation into the alleged involvement of Juan Carlos in a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia.

"Guided by the conviction to best serve the people of Spain, its institutions, and you as king, I inform you of my decision at this time to go into exile outside Spain," the letter said.

It was not immediately clear when the former monarch would leave Spain and where he would reside.

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Media captionKing Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014
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