Thursday, September 29, 2022

Prosecutors seek jail time for Shakira for tax evasion

MADRID ( Associated Press) – Prosecutors in Spain said Friday they would ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison if convicted of tax evasion at her upcoming trial.

Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is accused of evading payment of 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors said they would also seek a 24 million euro fine.

There are six counts in the indictment. A few days ago, the singer rejected a settlement offered by prosecutors and decided to go to trial, for which a date has not yet been set.

Shakira’s public relations firm says the singer has always fulfilled her tax duties. This confirms that the artist has deposited the amount he is supposed to have, including 3 million euros in interest.

Her representatives said in a statement, “Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrated impeccable conduct as an individual and as a taxpayer, and was the leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a reputable tax firm recognized around the world.” Followed the advice faithfully.”

“Unfortunately, the Spanish tax agency, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to infringe on their rights and continues with another unfounded case. Shakira is confident that due to the judicial process. In the end his innocence will be proved.”

Barcelona prosecutors say the Grammy winner has spent more than half the year in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and should have paid related taxes in the country.

Shakira recently ended an 11-year relationship with Barcelona FC football player Gerard Pique. The couple and their two children lived in Barcelona.

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