Shakira risks 8 years in prison in Spain for tax fraud

Shakira risks 8 years in prison in Spain for tax fraud

Shakira risks 8 years in prison in Spain for tax fraud

The court must now decide on the trial and set a date.

Barcelona:

Spanish prosecutors said on Friday they would seek a prison term of more than eight years against global music superstar Shakira, after she rejected a plea deal on tax evasion charges

Prosecutors in Barcelona will also demand a fine of almost 24 million euros ($24.5 million) from the 45-year-old “Hips don’t Lie” singer, who they accuse of defrauding the Spanish tax office out of 14.5 million euros in earned income. between 2012 and 2014.

Shakira, who has sold more than 60 million albums, rejected a plea deal on Wednesday, saying in a statement through her lawyers that she was “absolutely certain of her innocence” and had decided to go to trial, “certain” that her innocence would be proven.

A formal reference to court has not yet been announced, nor has a trial date been set.

Lawyers for Shakira, one of the biggest names in the global music industry, say a deal is still possible until the start of a trial.

Prosecutors say Shakira moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique became public, but maintained official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015. The couple, who share two children, announced their separation in June.

On Wednesday, the star criticized the “complete violation of her rights” and “abusive methods” carried out by prosecutors.

She claimed that prosecutors “insisted on claiming money earned during my international tours and the show ‘The Voice'” on which she was a judge in the United States, as she was “not yet a resident of Spain”.

Shakira was on the singing competition show between 2013 and 2014.

Her lawyers say that until 2014 she made most of her money from international tours, moved to Spain full-time only in 2015 and has fulfilled all tax obligations.

She says she has paid 17.2 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities and that she has “no debt to the treasury for many years”.

A court in Barcelona in May rejected an appeal by the singer to drop the charges.

Shakira was named in one of the largest ever leaks of financial documents in October 2021, known as the “Pandora Papers”, among public figures linked to offshore assets.

With her blend of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influences, three-time Grammy winner Shakira scored major global hits with songs such as “Hips don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever” and “Waka Waka”, the official song of the 2010 World Cup .

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