FILE PHOTO: Colombian singer Shakira during the 75th Cannes Film Festival, France, May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
Colombian pop star Shakira will go to trial in Barcelona for alleged tax fraud, on a date yet to be determined, according to a Spanish court order released on Tuesday.
“It is agreed to open the oral trial before the Provincial Court of Barcelona (…) against Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, as the alleged author” of six crimes against the Public Treasury, indicated the order of a court on the outskirts of Barcelona dated September 19th.
Said court did not impose any precautionary measure until the trial.
At the end of July, the Prosecutor’s Office requested more than eight years in prison and a fine of nearly 24 million euros (23.1 million dollars) for Shakira, accused of having defrauded 14.5 million euros (14 million dollars). dollars) to the Spanish treasury between 2012 and 2014.
The Prosecutor’s Office accuses Shakira of having used a “corporate framework” created years before not to pay taxes in Spain in the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014, despite the fact that she already resided in the country more than the 183 days a year stipulated the law.
”It is agreed to open the oral trial before the Provincial Court of Barcelona (…) against Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, as the alleged author” of six crimes against the Public Treasury. Taken from Twitter @showmundialshow
The 45-year-old artist, known for international hits like “Waka Waka”, “Hips don’t lie” or “Blackmail”, has always denied the accusations.
“These are false accusations,” Shakira said in an interview published on September 21 by Elle magazine, in which she said she had “the confidence of having done things in the most correct and transparent way from day one.”
The Public Ministry and the singer’s defense sought an agreement to avoid trial, but in July Shakira renounced this possibility, showing confidence that “justice will prove her right”, according to her legal representatives in Barcelona, where the woman resides. star.
”The Prosecutor’s Office has endeavored to collect the money earned in [sus] international tours and in ‘The Voice’”, the American television program in which she was a judge, in a period in which “she was not yet a resident in Spain”, denounced her representatives at that time.
The Prosecutor’s Office in Barcelona requested more than eight years in prison and a fine of 23 million dollars for the Colombian star Shakira, accused of defrauding 14 million dollars to the Spanish treasury between 2012 and 2014.
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In the interview with Elle, Shakira accused the Spanish treasury of resorting to “a lewd press campaign to try to influence people and put pressure on the media along with the threat of reputational damage to force settlement agreements.”
”It is well known that the Spanish tax authorities often do this not only with well-known people like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso and many more), but it also happens unfairly with other anonymous contributors,” added the singer.
The Prosecutor’s Office is sure that Shakira had lived in Spain since at least the fiscal year of 2012, shortly after her relationship with the FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué was made public, but she maintained until 2015 her fiscal residence in the Bahamas, considered a paradise fiscal.
The couple, who have two children, announced their separation last June.
Shakira accused the Spanish treasury of resorting to “a lewd press campaign to try to influence people and put pressure on the media along with the threat of reputational damage to force settlement agreements.” (photo: Brand)
Shakira appeared in the so-called Pandora Papers, an extensive investigation of millions of leaked documents published in 2021 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which pointed out that hundreds of personalities had resorted to tax havens, mainly to evade the Treasury.
(with information from AFP)
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