The Barcelona prosecutor’s office announced Friday it will seek a prison sentence of more than eight years for tax fraud against Colombian singer Shakira, who has rejected any agreement with prosecutors and said she is ready to be tried at a trial, AFP reports.
In the indictment, seen by AFP journalists, the Barcelona prosecutor’s office said it will also demand a fine of nearly 24 million euros for the pop singer, who is accused of evading payment of an amount of 14.5 million euros in Spanish tax between 2012 and 2014.
The judiciary in Spain will have to decide whether to hold a trial and how to start it, writes Agerpres.
Shakira, who has pleaded not guilty, announced Wednesday that she refuses to enter into a deal with the Spanish prosecutor’s office. She explained that she prefers to be sentenced in a trial rather than accept the procedure in which she would have to admit her guilt.
According to her lawyers, the possibility of a deal remains open until the start of the hearings in the Barcelona court, since the official indictment against the 45-year-old pop star has not yet been announced.
The singer, who denounces a “total violation of her rights” and “abusive methods” on the part of the Spanish prosecutor’s office, expressed “confidence that the court will do her justice,” the artist’s advisers said in a press release Wednesday.
The prosecutor’s office in Barcelona accuses the performer of the songs “Hips Do not Lie,” “Waka Waka,” “Loca,” “Do not Bother” and “La Tortura” of not declaring her income to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012 , 2013 and 2014.
According to the indictment, Shakira had been living in Spain since 2011, the year her relationship with soccer player Gerard Piqué ( FC ) became public, but kept her tax residence in the Bahamas, an island nation considered a tax haven, until 2015. Shakira and Gerard Piqué, who have two children together, announced their separation in June 2022.
Shakira’s lawyers believe that until 2014, most of the artist’s income came from her international tours and that at that time she did not live in Spain for more than six months a year – the requirement for a person to establish tax residency in that country.
The prosecution “is persistently asking about the money I received during my international tours and during the show ‘The Voice’ in the United States, a period in which I was not yet resident in Spain,” the pop star said in a statement released Wednesday by her lawyers.
Shakira also explained that she had already paid the amount of 17.2 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities and therefore “has not owed the Treasury for several years.”
The singer Shakira’s name is among those mentioned in the Pandora Papers, a wide-ranging investigation published at the end of 2021 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which accuses several hundred personalities from around the world of hiding their assets in the accounts of offshore companies and thus committing tax evasion.