Colombian music star Shakira will be judged in Barcelona accused of evading the Spanish Treasury almost 14.5 million euros, for which the prosecution is asking for more than eight years in prison. The trial begins this Monday and has 12 sessions scheduled until December 14.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, 46 years oldis summoned before a court in the Catalan metropolis, where she lived for years with the former footballer Gerard Piqué before their drastic split last year. The singer is accused of not having paid her taxes in Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and of having used a complex network of companies located in tax havens to avoid her obligations. For this reason, the public ministry requested a sentence of eight years and two months in prison, and a fine of 23.8 million euros (25.85 million dollars).
The trial has 120 witnesses and 12 scheduled sessions, to which the singer could be excused from attending in person, if she requests it and the court grants it. However, there is the possibility of a last-minute agreement with the prosecution, in which the singer would plead guilty and agree to pay a high fine, in exchange for avoiding trial and a hypothetical imprisonment. However, the Colombian artist’s defense said that at the moment no agreement has been signed with the public ministry, although it remains a possibility to be taken into account “until the last minute.”
To demonstrate his supposed roots in Barcelona, the Spanish treasury carried out a thorough investigation in which he interviewed neighbors, tracked his images on social networks, checked the expenses of his relatives in the Spanish city, his payments in hairdressers, or even in the clinic where she monitored her pregnancy, to demonstrate that in those years she was already residing in the city. A follow-up that, To defend Shakira, he used “unacceptable methods.”
The singer categorically denies these accusations and her lawyers affirm that although she began a relationship with Piqué in 2011, she never stopped moving around the world, due to her career. “The tax authorities saw that she was dating a Spanish citizen and started salivating,” Shakira assured last year in an interview, and claims that He did not settle permanently in Barcelona until the end of 2014.before moving his tax residence from the Bahamas to Spain in 2015, just before the birth of his second child.
Their collaboration “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” with the Argentine Bizarre -crowned as song of the year and best pop song at the Latin Grammysand with hundreds of millions of views between Spotify and YouTube -, became a global hit with references to her separation from the footballer and even the “debt in the Treasury.”
Shakira She is not the only famous person who had problems with the Spanish treasury in recent years, like the footballers. Cristiano Ronaldo and Messiwho were sentenced to prison terms of less than two years that they did not have to serve because they had no criminal record. Pique He was also convicted in 2016 of tax fraud with his image rights to be returned more than 2.1 million euros to the Treasury.
In 2021, Shakira’s name also appeared in the so-called Pandora Papers, the journalistic investigation that pointed out hundreds of personalities for having allegedly resorted to tax havens. This summer, The Prosecutor’s Office opened another case against the singer for another tax fraud in 2018estimated at six million euros.
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