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« Reply #1785 on: April 12, 2017, 09:38:41 AM »

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« Reply #1786 on: April 15, 2017, 07:26:18 PM »

5 years after Botswana...


FIVE YEARS OF ELEPHANT HUNTING

The ruin fell on Botswana after the king's hunt and three more curses

Seven months after the king killed the elephant, the Botswana government banned hunting in the country. Tribes like Bushmen and Bayei pay the consequences and tourism has plummeted. Juan Carlos, Corinna and his friend Eyad Kayali also suffered misfortunes.

When organizers of Botswana safaris are asked about Juan Carlos I and the elephant that struck on April 11, 2012, many talk about the hunting ban that the local government promulgated seven months later. Its president, Ian Khama , has imposed a restrictive veto - among other reasons, due to the environmental pressure of the international community - that has had direct consequences among the population: the Bushmen , tanned hunters, no longer have to take to the mouth; Nor the Bayei , who shared the flesh of the pachyderms that had previously killed wealthy foreign visitors. Tourism has also plummeted in a matter of years, translating into economic losses.

There were seven shots that the king made with his rifle 470 caliber Rigby Express . The elephant fell at his feet. The curse on Botswana was unleashed. Also on the members that composed the expedition: himself,  Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and the Syrian billionaire  Mohamed Eyad Kayali .

Legend has it that in the antechamber of Tutankhamun's tomb there was a writing on a piece of pottery: "Death shall come upon light wings, which hinder the peace of Pharaoh." The leader of that 1922 expedition, Howard Carter , died at the time - of "natural death" at age 67, as well as some of his companions. We return to Botswana and to the seven shots of Juan Carlos I: substitute the word "death" for "misfortune", "pharaoh" for "elephant", and will take charge of the chain of events that propitiated that hunt, of which this week Five years have passed .

The brothers Clive and Linda Eaton , who are responsible for Tholo Safaris - sign that manages the visits of tourists and hunters in the Okavango region - offer through the phone some details of the earthquake that supposed the accident in the African country of Juan Carlos I.

- Remember what happened that day?

- Clear! Here, in Botswana, this issue is discussed a great deal. Even more so among those who are dedicated to organizing this type of travel. The media spent a lot of time talking about it. As if to forget the fall of a king!

The vision of the Eaton brothers coincides with that of other organizers of Botswana safaris consulted by EL ESPAÑOL: the piece that was claimed Juan Carlos I was one of the last to grab the covers of the media in Botswana. Seven months later, on November 5, 2012, the government of the African country adopted the decision to ban this activity: "We will halt commercial hunting, shoot animals purely for sport or to obtain trophies is not compatible with our commitment to preserve the Local fauna as a national treasure, "said the law enacted in Article 127 . The regulations came into force definitively in 2014.

According to local experts who have attended to this medium - most choose to remain anonymous - the image of aristocrats, celebrities and members of the European nobility hunting elephants in Botswana was one of the reasons that pushed the local government to Prohibiting their hunting: it was not easy to defend this activity before environmental organizations. The debate was already on the table when Juan Carlos I suffered his accident in the Okavango Delta, but in the collective memory of the organizers of safaris are related, at least for their temporal proximity, the image of the monarch and the government veto.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF PROHIBITION

That strict law, so well received in the beginning by environmental organizations, has not been slow to show a hidden face, contrary to the interests of the local tribes. Julio González , head of the company Atlas Hunting , summarizes the consequences of the ban: "The hunting of elephants, previously controlled not to alter the population of these animals - in Botswana there are 150,000 specimens - reported great benefits."

Gonzalez points to the hunting industry , which left great profits among local companies: for each elephant slaughtered were to be paid about 40,000 dollars [about 37,600 euros]; Now you can only hunt animals in private enclosures, never in natural spaces. Botswana has lost one of its main tourist attractions : in 2010, before the ban, it received 3.2 million visitors; In 2014, barely exceeded 2 million.

The representative of Atlas Hunting also speaks of the distribution of pachyderm meat among tribes, such as the Bayei: "They are people who barely hunt and that all the meat they consume comes from this hunt. Now they are hungry. "

More extreme is the situation faced by the Bushmen , an indigenous people of about 95,000 people; About 40,000 reside in small villages scattered mostly in the northern region of Botswana. His tradition is ancestral; Also its genes, related to the first humans that left Africa. They live from the collection of small fruits and from hunting. Now they must pay a fine every time they drop a piece, whatever their species; Many end up behind bars because they can not pay the penalty.

The Survival International organization  is one of the most familiar with the situation of the Bushmen in Botswana. Laura de Luis , spokeswoman for the group in Spain, explains that "indigenous peoples like the Bushmen need to hunt to live": "They continue to hunt for food, but they face serious abuse when they are stopped for it." Luis denounces that the ban is merely a pretext to obtain other benefits: "With this measure the hunter hunters are forced to starve to leave their land, while within the reserve is developing diamond mining."

Despite this, elephant poaching continues to develop in Botswana, according to Survival spokeswoman: "Pursuing indigenous hunters distracts attention and prevents real poaching: criminals who often conspire Along with corrupt officials. Illegal trade in ivory continues. Just a few days ago, the Sunday Standard, a Botswana newspaper, denounced the involvement of members of the country's intelligence service with poaching. "

THE ABDICATION OF THE KING

The king, then 74 years old, faced that incursion into the African heart. On April 9, in the morning, he posed with his family at the Easter Mass in Palma Cathedral. He was accompanied by Queen Sofia, her son Felipe, her daughter-in-law Letizia and the daughters of both Leonor and Sofia . He was soon to say goodbye to Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein , a German princess of 47 years, her son, Alexander , 10, and an intimate friend of the monarch, Syrian billionaire Mohamed Eyad Kayali . Together they took a charter flight to Maun airport , north of Botswana. From there they marched to Qorokwe ,

Those who have known the region detail the convoluted river tissue that crosses it and the frondiness of its jungles. One of the most popular means of transport is canoes; At least, among the local tribes. Foreign tourists and hunters - especially the wealthiest - observe this natural paradise in the sight of a bird, on board helicopters or airplanes for a fee of 1,500 dollars (about 1,400 euros) per trip. This was the option chosen by Juan Carlos I.

The Okavango Delta is divided, on paper, with square and bevel. The monarch and the rest of the retinue had planned to hunt elephants in the area NG32 . The company Rann Safaris looked for accommodation in a luxury camp, which did not lack details of the pleasure of the guests. We spoke with Julio González , of Atlas Hunting , specialist in this type of trips:

- What are these camps like?

- Despite this, elephant poaching continues to develop in Botswana, according to Survival spokeswoman: "Pursuing indigenous hunters distracts attention and prevents real poaching: criminals who often conspire Along with corrupt officials. Illegal trade in ivory continues. Just a few days ago, the Sunday Standard, a Botswana newspaper, denounced the involvement of members of the country's intelligence service with poaching. "

THE ABDICATION OF THE KING

The king, then 74 years old, faced that incursion into the African heart. On April 9, in the morning, he posed with his family at the Easter Mass in Palma Cathedral. He was accompanied by Queen Sofia, her son Felipe, her daughter-in-law Letizia and the daughters of both Leonor and Sofia . He was soon to say goodbye to Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein , a German princess of 47 years, her son, Alexander , 10, and an intimate friend of the monarch, Syrian billionaire Mohamed Eyad Kayali . Together they took a charter flight to Maun airport , north of Botswana. From there they marched to Qorokwe ,

Those who have known the region detail the convoluted river tissue that crosses it and the frondiness of its jungles. One of the most popular means of transport is canoes; At least, among the local tribes. Foreign tourists and hunters - especially the wealthiest - observe this natural paradise in the sight of a bird, on board helicopters or airplanes for a fee of 1,500 dollars (about 1,400 euros) per trip. This was the option chosen by Juan Carlos I.

The Okavango Delta is divided, on paper, with square and bevel. The monarch and the rest of the retinue had planned to hunt elephants in the area NG32 . The company Rann Safaris looked for accommodation in a luxury camp, which did not lack details of the pleasure of the guests. We spoke with Julio González , of Atlas Hunting , specialist in this type of trips:

- What are these camps like?

-In these concessions [hunting areas in the Okavango Delta] solid constructions are not allowed. That is why large tents are set up in very specific places. Generators provide electricity and electricity on a constant basis; Water is not lacking in the region, but is filtered for customers to use. All food that may be required is also transported. There is nothing missing.

Juan Carlos I, Corinna, Saudi Eyad Kayali and the rest of the team spent three days at these facilities until finally, on April 11, they fulfilled their aspirations. That day, accompanied by a professional hunter, trackers and a government worker who had to check that the piece complied with the legal requirements, they met face to face with the specimen. It was an elephant of about 50 years and weighed about 5,000 kilos; their tusks measuring 117 and 112 centimeters (left and right, respectively), weighing each of 37.6 kilos, as described Chronicle of El Mundo . His friend Kayali struck down a somewhat smaller, but respectable, size in the eyes of the hunters.

That beat was the beginning of the debacle . The curse materialized on the figure of Juan Carlos I in a fateful stumble . Between four and five o'clock in the morning of April 13, inside his tent, he found no support and fell hard on the ground. Pain and voices of alarm: the king of Spain had fractured his right hip. From there the events were precipitated in the vital trajectory of the monarch.

He was rushed to Madrid, where Dr. Ángel Villamor urgently intervened. The accident revealed the details of the journey that had hitherto remained a secret for Spanish society: the elephant hunt, the company of Corinna, the relationship of the king with the German princess ... Even in dependencies of USP San Jose hospital, the king asked Apologies to the television cameras : "I'm very sorry, I was wrong and will not happen again."

That request for forgiveness saved the first match-ball for Juan Carlos I, who continued to cling to the throne. But with the months, as explained by EL ESPAÑOL, the monarch came upon him the elephant, Corinna and the Crown . More details of his life were known with the German princess, who also was splashed by the scandal. A few months after the accident in Botswana, it was learned that the Royal House had reformed, for the benefit of the German princess, a dwelling on the farm La Angorrilla, in El Pardo, very close to the Zarzuela and communicating by a direct route with the Dependencies of the monarch.

The king had problems . Al of Corinna had to add the involvement of his son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarin with the Nóos case. Doubts also arose over his state of health and his ability to meet the agenda of a head of state. The monarchy reached, according to CIS data, historic lows in popularity. Finally, on June 2, and after a reign of 38 years, the Royal House announced the abdication of Juan Carlos in his son, Prince Philip .

EYAD KAYALI, IN THE PAPERS OF PANAMA

The trajectory of the Syrian multimillionaire who accompanied Juan Carlos I has also been peppered by the scandals after that hunt. Born in Aleppo on May 29, 1936, Mohamed Eyad Kayali , 81, with a Spanish passport, has close ties to the Saudi royal family. His image, white hair and smoky glasses, is common in Hispano-Saudi commercial or playful encounters.

The name of Eyad Kayali came back to light in April 2016 related to the papers of Panama. According to the International Consortium of Journalists' research published by El Confidencial , fifteen companies based in Panama and in the British Virgin Islands - all of them with British firm Rawi & Co. as intermediary agent - are or have been related at some point with The Syrian mogul.

The news forced Eyad Kayali to offer explanations. The billionaire denied that companies located in tax havens had any relationship with their companies based in Spain. The documentation of the papers of Panama , however, proved otherwise. The curse of the elephant also fell on the companion of hunts of Juan Carlos I.

THE CURSE, HOW LONG?

The episodes of this curse have developed over the last five years, precisely since Juan Carlos I pulled the trigger seven times to bring down that elephant. The first one who suffered it was himself, who with that stumbling in the Okavango delta activated the mechanisms that would lead to his abdication. His traveling companion, Corinna, also suffered the consequences of the scandal, as did Syrian billionaire Mohamed Eyad Kayali.

Within a few months of the monarch's abduction, the Government of Botswana prohibited any hunting in its territory. The tribes that lived from this activity suffer the restriction.

Juan Carlos I fired seven times and apologized. The repercussion of that accident still lasts.
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« Reply #1787 on: April 15, 2017, 08:34:43 PM »

Curse or Karma? It doesn't really matter, anyone who hunts for sport IMO should get a big old heaping serving of it. Canned shoots (under the guise of 'safari') are disgusting. Karma sure got this guy: https://www.msn.com/en-au...-trip-accident/ar-AAlCtLq

Sorry, I'm in animal rescue, idiots like Juan Carlos make my blood boil.

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« Reply #1788 on: April 22, 2017, 10:06:47 PM »

Cristina and Inaki spent Easter week in Ciudad Real, staying at Duke of Calabaria's estate. They went to Easter possessions, greeting people, taking photos with people who asked, as the old time.  Roll Eyes Felipe must be pissed.

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« Reply #1789 on: April 23, 2017, 12:16:49 AM »

They are truly ugly people to go out and take selfies with just anyone. I would be steaming if I were Felipe. Talk about cheapening the royal brand and trying to capsize the monarchy boat in Spain. She's going down and trying to take her brother and his gorgeous girls with her. I don't know who the Duke of Calabaria is but if he is a Grandee then this just got very weirdly political. That is another swipe against her brother unless he offered anonymous respite and she went rogue and bite the hand that was feeding her. This is not good at all but who knows if she can take her family down. She is probably arrogant enough to think that she can still get away with stupid tricks. You have kids you fool go home and parent them they are going to be a mess.
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« Reply #1790 on: April 23, 2017, 02:37:28 AM »

Duke of Calabria is their cousin. He's close to Felipe. But Cristina used the excuse of paying respect to the Duke's late grandmother to get the invite. She didn't attend the funeral. F&L, JC and Sofia all went. Cristina used the opportunity to make public appearances, greet people as if nothing ever happened and remind everyone she's stilla royal.

Most comments were against her. Most people are not ready to forget and forgive.

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« Reply #1791 on: April 23, 2017, 12:19:07 PM »

Is it known when Inaki will go to jail?
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« Reply #1792 on: April 23, 2017, 12:23:37 PM »

He won't go to jail until the appeal is heard. Spanish court seems to work veeery slowly. So who knows?
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« Reply #1793 on: April 24, 2017, 02:02:12 PM »

He won't go to jail until the appeal is heard. Spanish court seems to work veeery slowly. So who knows?
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He won't go to jail until the appeal is heard. Spanish court seems to work veeery slowly. So who knows?

So we have to wait and see. Thanks for answering.
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« Reply #1794 on: May 08, 2017, 09:44:33 PM »

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« Reply #1795 on: May 11, 2017, 11:18:36 PM »

I have a question for our dear Spanish royals experts. Can you please tell me if Queen Sofia was ever made an Infanta of Spain (/granted the title Infanta of Spain or was she automatically Infanta of Spain because JC was Infante then)? I ask this because I read on her Wikipedia page (I know it’s not 100% reliable/accurate Blush ) that from May 14, 1962 to July 21, 1969 she was styled as Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia of Spain.
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« Reply #1796 on: May 11, 2017, 11:29:37 PM »

I have a question for our dear Spanish royals experts. Can you please tell me if Queen Sofia was ever made an Infanta of Spain (/granted the title Infanta of Spain or was she automatically Infanta of Spain because JC was Infante then)? I ask this because I read on her Wikipedia page (I know it’s not 100% reliable/accurate Blush ) that from May 14, 1962 to July 21, 1969 she was styled as Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia of Spain.
I think their official title (JC and Sofia) was Prince and Princess of Spain - Franco decided it I think  Thinking
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« Reply #1797 on: May 12, 2017, 12:20:53 AM »

In looking at the pictures from the 80th birthday celebrations in Norway, it seems like J-C and Sofia's relationship has improved recently (they seem to be going to more events together now as well).

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« Reply #1798 on: May 12, 2017, 10:41:27 AM »

I have a question for our dear Spanish royals experts. Can you please tell me if Queen Sofia was ever made an Infanta of Spain (/granted the title Infanta of Spain or was she automatically Infanta of Spain because JC was Infante then)? I ask this because I read on her Wikipedia page (I know it’s not 100% reliable/accurate Blush ) that from May 14, 1962 to July 21, 1969 she was styled as Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia of Spain.
ir official title (JC and Sofia) was Prince and Princess of Spain - Franco decided it I think  Thinking

Franco only made them "Princes of Spain" in 1969 when he decided that JC would be his heir. Before that JC had the title of Prince of Asturias, and Sofia when married him become the Princess of Asturias Wink
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« Reply #1799 on: May 12, 2017, 05:04:50 PM »

ir official title (JC and Sofia) was Prince and Princess of Spain - Franco decided it I think  Thinking

Franco only made them "Princes of Spain" in 1969 when he decided that JC would be his heir. Before that JC had the title of Prince of Asturias, and Sofia when married him become the Princess of Asturias Wink

Thank you Nuno and Thistle for answering my question! Star Star So from the day of her marriage to JC she was Princess of Asturias then Princess of Spain and finally Queen of Spain. Smiley
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