Shakira faces eight years in prison if convicted in a Spanish tax fraud case

Prosecutors in Spain have announced they will ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison if she is convicted in a trial over alleged tax fraud.

Hakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is accused of failing to pay 14.5 million euros (£12.2 million) in taxes to the Spanish government between 2012 and 2014.

Prosecutors said they would also seek a €24million (£20.2million) fine.

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Shakira denies the allegations (Doug Peters/PA)

The indictment contains six counts of charges against Shakira. The singer this week turned down a settlement offered by prosecutors, opting instead for a trial. A hearing date is still pending.

Shakira’s PR team said the singer has always fulfilled her tax obligations. It said the artist had deposited the amount she allegedly owed, including €3million (£2.5million) in interest.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have claimed the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and had to pay taxes in the country.

Shakira recently ended an 11-year relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Pique, with whom she has two children. The family used to live in Barcelona.

Her publicists in London said in a statement on Friday that Shakira has “always cooperated and obeyed the law and displayed impeccable conduct as an individual and as a taxpayer.”

They accused the Spanish tax authorities of violating their rights.

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