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Sir Sean Connery spared trial over fraud link

Sir Sean Connery was asked if he knew any criminals. Picture: Getty

Sir Sean Connery was asked if he knew any criminals. Picture: Getty

  • by GERARD COUZENS
 

SIR Sean Connery has been told he will not face trial over a fraud probe linked to the sale of his former Spanish home.

An investigating magistrate decided to shelve his investigation into the Scots actor after ­receiving a 56-page affidavit from him denying any wrongdoing.

Alfredo Mondeja has ­decided to continue probing Connery’s wife Micheline Roquebrune.

His decision opens up the possibility Roquebrune – ­referred in Sir Sean’s affidavit as Lady Connery – may end up having to stand trial in Spain alongside Connery’s former Spanish lawyers and corrupt politicians already behind bars over other offences.

State prosecutors are expected to demand jail sentences of up to 34 years for 17 people due to stand trial on charges including bribery, fraud and tax crimes related to the Connery home probe, dubbed Goldfinger after the 1964 film the Scot starred in.

Mr Mondeja announced his decision in a 45-page legal document released yesterday – two days after a leaked copy of Sir Sean’s affidavit was published in a Costa del Sol newspaper.

The 83-year-old was asked whether he had any relationship with convicted criminals and quizzed about his personal finances.

He denied any links to corrupt town hall officials in Marbella who are now serving prison sentences and any involvement in firms linked to an alleged multi-million fraud relating to the property deal ­involving his former home.

 

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