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Shakira could face 8-year prison term if convicted in expected tax fraud trial

Prosecutors in Spain stated Friday they’d ask a courtroom to condemn Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in jail, if she is convicted in her anticipated trial for alleged tax fraud.

Shakira, whose full title is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is charged with failing to pay the Spanish authorities 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The prosecutors stated they’d additionally search a fantastic of 24 million euros ($24 million).

The indictment particulars six expenses in opposition to Shakira. The singer this week rejected a settlement deal provided by prosecutors, opting to go to trial as an alternative. A trial date has but to be set.

Her publicists in London stated in a press release Friday that Shakira “has at all times cooperated and abided by the legislation, demonstrating impeccable conduct as a person and a taxpayer.” The publicists accused the Spanish Tax Company of violating her rights.

Shakira’s Spanish public relations staff stated earlier this week that the artist has deposited the quantity she is claimed to owe, together with 3 million euros in curiosity.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent greater than half of every yr between 2012 and 2014 in Spain and may have paid taxes within the nation.

Shakira lately ended an 11-year-long relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two youngsters. The household used to stay in Barcelona.

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