Spanish prosecutor demands eight years in prison for Colombian superstar Shakira over €14.5 million ($21.2 million) tax fraud caseaccording to a document from the public prosecutor’s office on Friday.
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is accused of failing to pay Spanish government taxes between 2012 and 2014, a period in which Shakira says she has not lived in Spain. The indictment contains six charges against Shakira.
The singer, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide with hits like Hips do not lieearlier this week a settlement offer from the public prosecutor to close the case rejected.
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The prosecution’s document, quoted by Reuters, states that Shakira habitually lived in Spain between 2012 and 2014, and in May 2012 bought a house in Barcelona that became a family home for herself, her partner and their son, born in Spain in 2013.
Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged that between 2012 and 2014, the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year in Spain and would have to pay taxes in the country.
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It demanded eight years and two months in prison and a fine of more than €23 million ($33.6 million) if found guilty. No date has yet been set for a trial.
Asked to comment, Shakira’s representatives referred to an earlier statement sent on Wednesday that said she has “complete confidence in her innocence” and that she considers the case “a total violation of her rights”.
The terms of the prior settlement offer have not been disclosed.
The 45-year-old singer – dubbed the Queen of Latin Pop – said she initially paid the €17.2 million ($25.15 million) owed by the Spanish tax authorities and claims she has no outstanding debt with the tax authorities.
The latest development in the tax case comes a month after Shakira and her longtime partner, FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, announced they were splitting.
Shakira, 45, and Pique, 35, have been together since 2011 and have two sons.
– Reported with Reuters and Associated Press.
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