Prosecutors accuse Shakira of tax evasion ; to be sentenced to 8 years

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Spain: The pop superstar Shakira has been accused of tax evasion of nearly €14.5m (£12m) between 2012-2014 . The prosecutors are seeking 8 years of imprisonment as well as a hefty penalty of €24m (£20m) for the singer.

Shakira has earlier refused to settle and close the charges imposed upon her. The trial date for the singer is yet to be decided. A statement from representatives of Shakira said she is “fully confident of her innocence” and termed the case as a “violation of her rights”.

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It was in 2018 when Shakira was accused of tax evasion. Prosecutors have accused her of residing in Spain only, but she has claimed living elsewhere except Spain. People who spend more than six months in the country are considered residents for tax purposes i.e liable of paying taxes . But Shakira says she did not mainly live in Spain at the time.

The court is yet to declare the date for Shakira’s trial and other proceedings. The Colombian singer has also been accused of having bought a house in Barcelona in 2012 with her then partner, the Barcelonian footballer Gerard Pique.

The prosecutors have since demanded for a penalty of 20 million pounds for Shakira. Though the earlier terms of the settlement are not known, Shakira has claimed to have paid all dues to the concerned authorities. The officials have demanded for tax bills from her global earnings, not just in Spain.

The ride is getting bumpy for the superstar singer. Earlier in June, Shakira announced separation from her husband Gerard Pique, the Barcelonian footballer. The couple were parents to two children . And now the accusations of tax fraud are further adding to her hurdled phase of life.

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