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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2022. 3:27 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Prosecutors in Spain are seeking 8 years in prison and a €24m (£20m) fine for Shakira over alleged tax fraud, BBC reports.

The Columbian singer is accused of failing to pay €14.5m (£12m) in tax between 2012 and 2014.

Shakira has reportedly refused an offer to settle and a statement said that she is “fully confident of her innocence” and sees the case as a “violation of her rights”.

According to reports, in 2018, she was accused of tax evasion after she was living in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and was listing her residence elsewhere.

Anyone who spends more than 6 months in Spain is considered a resident for tax purposes.

 But Shakira says she did not mainly live in Spain at the time.

Prosecutors say that in 2012, Shakira bought a house in Barcelona which became a family home for her and her then-partner, Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué.

If found guilty, Shakira could spend 8 years in prison.

In 2019, in a separate case, her ex-husband Gerard Piqué was fined €2.1m (£1.8m) by the Spanish national court for evading tax between 2008 and 2010.

 

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