Spanish Court Formally Sends Shakira to Trial

29 September, 2022
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Spanish Court Formally Sends Shakira to Trial

Spanish authorities said Tuesday that superstar Shakira will stand trial in a tax evasion case after she was accused of evading 14.5 million euros in taxes between 2012 and 2014.



The 45-year-old Colombian-Lebanese star, who affirms her innocence of any tax evasion, announced at the end of July her refusal to conclude an agreement with the Public Prosecution, expressing her intention to proceed with the case until trial.


A few days later, the Barcelona Public Prosecution announced that it would request more than eight years in prison for Shakira and a fine of 24 million euros, or more than 22 million dollars. The start date of the trial, which will take place before the Barcelona Regional Court, remains to be determined.


The Public Prosecution says that Shakira has lived in Spain since 2011, the year she announced her relationship with Barcelona football star Gerard Pique, but she kept her tax headquarters in the Bahamas, which is classified as a tax haven, until 2015.


It is reported that the duo announced their separation last June, after a relationship for more than a decade that produced two children.


In turn, Shakira confirmed that she had previously paid 17.2 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities, and therefore no longer had "any debts to the treasury for several years." The star confirmed in an interview with "ELLE" magazine last week that "these accusations are not true," stressing that at that point she was holding tours that extended for most months of the year, and she could not therefore be considered a resident of Spain and had to pay taxes.


She said, "I do not owe any penny" to the tax authorities and "I have enough evidence to support my case and push the judiciary to rule in my favour," noting that her intention to proceed with the case is based on "principle."


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