Spain: eight years in prison required against Shakira for tax evasion

The Spanish public prosecutor’s office requested this Friday more than eight years in prison against the Colombian star Shakira, accused of tax evasion. Justice accuses the interpreter of the famous hits “Hips don’t lie”, “Waka Waka” or even “Loca” of facts for an amount of 14.5 million euros over the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

According to the prosecution, Shakira had been living in Spain since 2011, when her relationship with FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique was made public, but had maintained her tax residence in the Bahamas Islands, considered a tax haven, until 2015. The couple, who have two children, announced their separation in June.

Shakira “confident that justice will prove her right”

Shakira’s lawyers believe that, until 2014, most of her income came from her international tours and that she lived no more than six months a year in Spain, a requirement to establish her tax residence. in the country.

On Wednesday, the Colombian singer, who claims her innocence, said she refused to seal an agreement with the prosecution and wanted to go to trial. “Absolutely certain of her innocence”, Shakira “does not accept an agreement” with the prosecution “and decides to continue” the procedure until the trial, had indicated her advice in a press release, affirming that the star is “confident in the fact that justice will vindicate him”.

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