Shakira could be sentenced to 8 years in prison for tax fraud in Spain, says website

The Spanish Public Ministry has asked that Shakira be sentenced to 8 years and 2 months in prison for a million-dollar tax fraud. According to the newspaper El País, the request was formalized this Friday (29), after the singer refused a deal on the 27th and decided to go to trial. In addition to the arrest, the MP also asks for a fine of 23 million euros.

Also according to the article, the prosecution accuses the singer of six crimes committed against the Treasury, involving evasion of 14.5 million euros in taxes for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, a period in which she would have lived in the region of Catalonia.

Shakira’s defense, however, alleges that the singer was not yet a resident of Spain in those years and that the Public Ministry insists on collecting the money she earned from her international tours, in which she spent the longest period outside the country, and with her work as a judge on ‘The Voice'” in the USA.

The indictment claims that the singer made “use of companies in tax havens that allowed her to hide her income” and that she has sufficient evidence, through reports of the artist’s daily life during those years, that she had already taken up residence in the country, buying a house in the region with her then-husband, Gerard Piqué, spending more than 184 days on Spanish land, a requirement to consider her a tax resident.

Among the tests, there are trips to beauty salons, studio rentals near Barcelona, ​​visits to clinics during her pregnancy, as well as tracking on social networks that would prove her location in consecutive days in Spain.

When she refused the agreement, Shakira’s defense issued a note to El País claiming that the singer decided to go ahead with the process, as she has “full conviction of her innocence” and that she is confident that “justice will prove her right”.

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