Shakira a famous Colombian singer, will be tried in a Spanish court on charges of tax fraud worth €14.5m (£12.9m). A court in Barcelona has told the singer to stand trial for six supposed tax crimes, but no date has been set yet. If she is found guilty, Spanish prosecutors want to put the star in jail for eight years and fine her €23.8 million. The 45-year-old has denied wrongdoing many times.
In a recent interview with the Spanish edition of Elle magazine, she said, “I’m sure I have enough proof to back up my case, and I’m sure justice will be done in my favor.” In a statement, Shakira’s legal team said that they would do their job by “presenting the arguments at the right time.”
At the center of this fight is Shakira’s residency status from 2012 to 2014. Prosecutors said that she lived in Spain but listed her official address as somewhere else. Under Spanish law, people who live in the country for more than six months are taxed as residents. But Shakira says that she wasn’t mostly living in Spain at the time.
In July, prosecutors released a document that said she bought a house in Barcelona in 2012 with Gerard Piqué, who was her boyfriend at the time. The house became their family home. Her lawyers say that until 2014, most of her income came from tours outside of Spain, and she spent long periods there.
“When the Spanish tax office found out I was dating a Spanish citizen, they started salivating. They would have done anything to get that money “Elle magazine, she said. In 2015, Shakira told the government that she lived in Spain for tax purposes. She said that she had paid €17,2 million in taxes and had no more debts to pay.
In a separate case, the Spanish national court fined Mr. Piqué €2.1 million in 2019 for not paying taxes between 2008 and 2010. Early in June, they said they were no longer together after 11 years. They have two sons who are 7 and 9 years old.
The first time she talked about their breakup in public was in an interview with Elle. She told the magazine that she is going through “probably one of the hardest, darkest hours of my life.”
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