Shakira is preparing to give testimony in Barcelona for the case brought against her by the Spanish Treasury for alleged tax fraud – credit @shakira/Instagram
After her presence at the Latin Grammy gala yielded a positive balance with her winning three awards, Shakira is preparing to face the trial carried out by the Spanish Treasury, which accuses the singer of tax fraud valued at 14.5 millions of euros. This money, according to the entity, would correspond to taxes that the artist did not pay when she was already residing in Spain, alongside Gerard Piqué.
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The trial, which will take place in the Barcelona Court, will be attended by more than a hundred witnesses, of which more than half were requested by the Colombian’s defense. Among them, the presence of Antonio de la Rúa stands out, who was the Barranquilla girl’s boyfriend between 2000 and 2010. According to El Confidencial, it was Shakira herself who requested his presence to give testimony before the judge in the case.
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The Public Treasury has maintained since it began its process against the singer, that the alleged fraud took place between 2012 and 2014, a period in which he declared that he did not yet reside in Barcelona but in the Bahamas, in a mansion that was co-owned by the singer. and De La Rúa himself. The media reported that Antonio resumed contact with Shakira once he learned of her separation from Piqué.
Shakira and Antonio De La Rua were together between 2000 and 2010 – credit Getty Images
It should be remembered that, in 2011, after the end of the relationship between Shakira and De La Rúa was announced, the Argentine filed a lawsuit against the singer for 100 million dollars that were pending for the work he did as a representative while they were together. . In the end, the Los Angeles court that took the case ruled in favor of the Colombian, who requested the formal dissolution of the joint business partnership and sued De La Rúa for damages.
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After these legal disputes, the relationship between the two was almost completely distant. While Shakira made her life with Piqué and had her children Milan and Sasha, De La Rúa had a romantic relationship since 2013 with the Cali model and DJ Daniela Ramos, with whom he had two children. After five years together, they separated in 2018.
The case brought forward by the Spanish Public Treasury against the Colombian one is not the only front that should be concerned. Currently, a court in the municipality of Esplugues de Llobregat, near Barcelona, began another investigation against the singer since last July.
In this case, it is the Prosecutor’s Office that accuses her of defrauding more than six million in personal income tax (IRPF) and the 2018 wealth tax. As is the case with the Treasury, the case indicates that she used of a “corporate network” based in tax havens to evade that responsibility.
Although everything indicates that the possibility of reaching an agreement with the entity remains, it seems unlikely that Shakira will be willing to agree with the Spanish authorities, taking into account that, in July 2022, after several contacts with the public ministry , rejected the possibility of reducing the eight-year suspended prison sentence in exchange for acknowledging the crime, opting to let a judge decide the fate of the case.
Against this background, Shakira accused the Treasury of being “intransigent” in her particular case and of wanting to mount an exemplary campaign at her expense, to the point that her privacy was violated in the process, since her lawyers have maintained that in the investigation They have even resorted to requesting the singer’s medical history. Additionally, the Colombian has indicated on several occasions that she has already paid 17.2 million euros of the debt indicated by the Treasury.