The Prosecutor of the Spanish city of Barcelona requested a sentence of eight years and two months in prison and a fine of 23.8 million euros for the Colombian singer
Shakira, accused of six crimes against the Public Treasury for defrauding 14.5 million euros between 2012 and 2014, pretending that she did not reside in Spain.
The public ministry presented its indictment before the Catalan Justice, after the artist rejected last Wednesday the last agreement of the Prosecutor’s Office to reduce sentences and avoid trial. One more problem, after the separation with the Barcelona defender, Gerard Piqué.
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Shakira has already returned the 14.5 million required by the Tax Agency and another three interests, for which the highly qualified mitigation of damage repair has been applied to reduce the sentence, which could amount to up to six years in prison for each crime.
As none of the requested sentences exceeds two years in prison and lacks a record, in the event of a possible conviction Shakira could benefit from a suspension of the sanction and avoid going to prison.
Last May, the Barcelona Court endorsed the judge’s decision to send Shakira to trial, given the indications that she resided in Spain “regularly” between 2012 and 2014: first in the Catalan capital and then in a house in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) that he bought with his ex-partner, the FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, through a company.
According to the public ministry, that house was the artist’s family home, whose stays outside Spain during that time were for “professional reasons, with a very short duration”, with the exception of the season in which he participated in the American program “The Voice” (61 days in 2012, 118 in 2013 and 117 in 2014).
The prosecution maintains that, having resided in Spain for more than 183 days a year,
Shakira “was a tax resident in Spain and had the obligation to pay taxes on all of her worldwide income”, both with respect to IRPF (Individual Income Tax) and wealth tax.
It was known, thanks to an official statement, that the legal part of the singer did not reach an agreement with the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office.
The judge says that there is enough evidence for the artist to go to trial. “We consider that it is a clear violation of the person, of their rights. He has always had an impeccable behavior as a contributor and a determination to resolve the inconveniences, “he warned.
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