Sean Connery declined a judge's request to testify in a Spanish court hearing, citing his age and unspecified health issues, The Associated Press reports.
The 80-year-old actor and his wife, Micheline Roquebrune, were summoned to appear Friday as part of the "Goldfinger Case" — an investigation into possible tax evasion involving a beachfront property Connery used to own in Marbella. The couple has not been charged.
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The magistrate will decide next week how to proceed, according to a court official. Options include sending Spanish officials to question Connery at home, though the official did not know where Connery currently lives. The Scotland native owns a home in the Bahamas.
Connery vacationed at the Marbella property — named Malibu — for 20 years before selling it in 1998. The site was later rezoned to build a 72-apartment complex, despite a planning permit that said only five homes could be constructed on it, according to local authority, cited by AFP
. The judge is looking into possible tax evasion in the land project.