Tax fraud: Shakira rejects an agreement with the Spanish prosecutor

BARCELONA | Innocent Colombian actress Shakira, accused of tax evasion in Spain, said on Wednesday she was refusing to reach an agreement with prosecutors and wanted to go to court.

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According to his lawyers, the possibility of reaching an agreement remains pending the opening of the trial in a court in Barcelona (northeast), while the 45-year-old star’s formal referral to justice has not yet been pronounced.

“Absolutely certain of her innocence” (…) Shakira does not accept “an agreement” with the prosecutor’s office “and decides to continue the proceedings until the trial,” said her advisers in a press release, affirming that the singer was “confident that justice.” agree with him”.

Contacted by AFP, prosecutors were not immediately available.

Shakira denounced a “total violation of his rights” and “abusive methods” by prosecutors, reiterating in this press release that he “adamantly insists on claiming the money raised during my international tours and[the show]. The voice‘, of which she was sworn in the United States, at a time when ‘I was not yet a resident of Spain’.

Shakira also argues that she has already paid 17.2 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities and therefore has “no debt to the Treasury for many years”.

The public prosecutor accuses the interpreter of the successes Hips don’t lie, WakaWaka Where location Tax evasion of 14.5 million euros in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

According to prosecutors, Shakira had lived in Spain since 2011, when her relationship with FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique became public, but had maintained her tax residency in the Bahamas, considered a tax haven, until 2015. Having two children, announced their separation in June.

Shakira’s lawyers believe that until 2014 her income came mostly from her international touring and that she lived in Spain for no more than six months a year, a condition required to establish Spanish tax residency.

In May, a Barcelona court rejected an appeal by the singer, who called for the charges to be dropped.

Shakira’s name is among those cited in the Pandora Papers, a major investigation published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in late 2021 accusing several hundred figures of hiding assets in offshore companies, specifically for the purpose of “tax evasion.” “.

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