Spain: Princess Cristina's accuser arrested by police

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MADRID (AP) — A Spanish police official says the leader of the anti-corruption group that brought criminal tax fraud charges against Princess Cristina has been arrested by financial crimes officers.

The official says Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) chief Miguel Bernad was detained at his Madrid home on Friday but declined to elaborate.

The group has pursued criminal tax fraud charges punishable by up to eight years in prison against Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, after prosecutors declined to do so, saying Cristina should face an administrative fine at most.

The police official spoke on condition of anonymity because of police policy and had no information on whether Bernad has a lawyer.

Cristina's trial is underway in the city of Palma de Mallorca. Testimony continued Friday without her presence.