Shakira has been sentenced to eight years in prison for tax fraud in Spain

Shakira has been sentenced to eight years in prison for tax fraud in Spain

Shakira has been sentenced to eight years in prison for tax fraud in Spain

The court must now decide whether to hold a trial and set a date.

Barcelona:

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

Prosecutors in Barcelona are also set to seek a fine of nearly €24m from the 45-year-old ‘Hips don’t Lie’ singer, who they accuse of defrauding Spain’s tax authorities of €14.5m in revenue between 2012 and 2012 2014

Shakira, who has sold over 60 million albums, turned down a plea deal on Wednesday, saying in a statement through her attorneys that she was “absolutely certain of her innocence” and decided to let the case go to trial, ” confident” that her innocence would be proven.

A formal referral to court has not yet been announced, nor has a hearing date been set.

Lawyers for Shakira, one of the biggest names in the global music industry, say a settlement remains possible pending a court hearing.

According to prosecutors, Shakira moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique became known, but kept her official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015. The couple, who have two children, announced their split in June.

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

She claimed prosecutors “insisted on claiming money I made during my international tours and the show ‘The Voice’,” where she was a judge in the United States, when 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, only moving to Spain full-time in 2015 and fulfilling all her tax obligations.

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

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

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

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

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