Shakira to appear in court in Spain for alleged tax fraud



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Shakira has failed to reach an agreement with Spanish prosecutors over tax evasion, and she will appear in court and insist on her innocence, according to a statement from her PR team.

“Shakira and her team believe this case constitutes a total violation of her rights,” the statement reads, “because she has always displayed impeccable conduct, both as a person and as a taxpayer, and full willingness to resolve any disagreement from the outset.” even before the criminal trial.”

In July 2021, a judge at a court near Barcelona ruled that the Colombian singer could face charges of alleged tax evasion of 14.5 million euros ($17 million) in Spain.

In a ruling obtained by CNN, the investigating judge said there is “sufficient evidence” to hold a trial for Shakira’s alleged tax evasion for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Judge Marco Jesús Juberías argued that Shakira lived in Spain for more than 200 days in each of those three years, forcing her to pay taxes in the country.

At the time, Spanish media reported that Shakira’s team claimed her primary residence was in the Bahamas. But local media reported that she has a home in the Barcelona area with her former partner, FC Barcelona football defender Gerard Piqué. Piqué and Shakira, who have two children together, announced their separation last month.

The judge argued that Shakira and a financial advisor, also named in the ruling, used a series of companies in offshore tax havens to try to hide the sources of her income during those years.

CNN has contacted the prosecutor’s office for comment, but no response has yet been received.

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