Shakira faces trial for tax fraud in Spain
A Spanish judge on Tuesday approved the trial of Colombian pop singer Shakira on charges of tax fraud. Shakira, 45, has repeatedly denied doing anything and has turned down a plea deal with authorities to avoid a trial.
A Spanish judge on Tuesday approved the trial of Colombian pop singer Shakira on charges of tax fraud. Spanish prosecutors charged the singer in 2018 with failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($13.9 million) in income tax between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison term and a hefty fine if found guilty of tax evasion. Shakira, 45, has repeatedly denied doing anything and has turned down a plea deal with authorities to avoid a trial.
The company that handles the public relations for him said that she (Shakira) has already paid all dues and also paid 3 million euros ($2.8 million) in interest. The date of the trial has not yet been set. The case concerns the period 2012-14, when Shakira lived there. Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged that the Grammy winner spent more than half of that period in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country, even though his official residence was in the Bahamas.
Shakira’s full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll and she has been associated with Spain since she started dating footballer Gerard Pique. The couple lived in Barcelona and have two children, although they recently ended their 11-year relationship. Spain has taken action over the past decade against football stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for failing to pay full taxes. Both players were found guilty of theft and given prison terms, although they were waived for the first time.
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