August 15, 2022

Shakira faces more than eight years in Spanish prison for tax fraud

Shakira faces more than eight years in Spanish prison for tax fraud

Shakira

Shakira
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Despite her immortal assertion about sincerity of the hipsSpain’s public prosecutors are going ahead with charges that Shakira was dishonest about her taxes. After the rejection of a settlement deal in a case alleging that the Colombian singer evaded about 14.5 million euros (about $14.8 million in US currency) In government taxes, Shakira will go to court, where prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of eight years and two months, as well as a fine of 24 million euros, News agency. The official indictment details six separate charges against the Grammy Award winner.

Although Shakira was first indicted in 2018, the actress chose to turn down a plea deal this week (it was previously). confirmed her innocence During her testimony on the rejected appeal in June 2019.) The artist’s PR firm, Llorente y Cuenca, said in statement On Wednesday, Shakira chose to take the case to trial because she sees it as a “complete violation of her rights” and “confids her innocence and chooses to leave the case in the hands of the law.” “The singer is fully confident of her innocence and therefore does not accept settlement,” the statement continued.

Much of the case hinges on where Shakira, 45, lived between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors claim that Shakira lived mostly in Spain during those years even though her primary residence was listed in the Bahamas – in 2021 Spanish judge Marco Goberias wrote that his three-year investigation into the Reverse Shakira’s tax history”Sufficient evidence of criminality“This calls for a trial.

On the contrary, the actress’s publicists insist that Shakira paid the money she claims she owes to the Spanish tax authority plus 3 million euros in interest, and has no outstanding debts. They shared a statement last May: “Shakira’s conduct in tax matters has always been impeccable in all countries where she has had to pay taxes, and she has trusted and faithfully followed the recommendations of the best specialists and expert advisors.”

A trial date for the case has not yet been set, but the strength of Shakira’s publicity statement indicates that she is ready anytime and anywhere to defend her name.