A Spanish prosecutor is reportedly asking for a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and a $23 million fine if she is convicted of alleged tax evasion in her awaited trial.
On Wednesday, ,’s PR team confirmed that the 45-year-old superstar has opted to go to court rather than accept a deal offered by Spanish prosecutors to settle the charges against her, the Associated Press reported.
Spanish prosecutors charged the Colombian singer – whose full name is Isabel Mebarak Ripoll – with tax evasion in 2018, claiming she avoided 14.5 million euros ($14.8 million) in taxes on income she received between 2012 and 2014 earned by claiming to live in the Bahamas when in fact she resides in Catalonia.
While she claimed she was not living in Spain during that time, prosecutors insisted the pop singer had her habitual residence in the country between 2012 and 2014, saying she entered Spain in May 2012, according to a prosecutor’s document verified by Reuters Bought a house in Barcelona
According to the document, she lived there with her estranged partner Gerard Piqué and their son, who was born in Spain in 2013.
At the time, her official residence was in the Bahamas, but prosecutors claimed she spent most of her time in Spain.
The prosecutor’s document calls for an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of over 23 million euros if found guilty. A hearing date has not yet been set.
When contacted by Reuters for comment, their representatives referred to an earlier statement released by the singer’s public relations firm Llorente y Cuenca on Wednesday, in which they said she “is fully convinced of her innocence.” ‘ and that she considers the case ‘a total violation of her rights. “
The Latin pop superstar claimed that she has paid the 17.2 million euros ($17.5 million) she owed to the Spanish tax authorities and has no outstanding debts to the tax authorities.
Her publicists in London also released a statement on Friday, saying that “she has always cooperated and abided by the law by displaying impeccable behavior as an individual and as a taxpayer,” CBS News reported. The publicists accused the Spanish tax authorities of violating their rights.
The development in her legal battle comes after it was announced in June that she and Piqué are splitting up after 12 years together. They share two sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/shakira-could-face-8-years-prison-23-million-fine-tax-evasion-case-1836023?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Shakira faces 8 years in prison and $23 million fine in a tax evasion case