Prosecutors in Barcelona, north-eastern Spain, announced on Friday that they would seek more than eight years in prison for tax evasion against Colombian star Shakira, who has refused any settlement and agreed to go to court.
In their indictment, seen by AFP, prosecutors also say they will seek almost €24 million in fines from the singer, who is accused of deducting €14.5 million from Spanish tax authorities between 2012 and 2014.
The judiciary must now decide on the holding of a trial and its date.
Shakira, who maintains her innocence, said Wednesday that she would refuse to reach an agreement with prosecutors and said she would prefer a trial to a guilty plea.
According to his lawyers, while the 45-year-old star’s formal release is pending, the possibility of an agreement remains pending the opening of the hearing in a Barcelona court.
The singer, who denounced a “total violation of her rights” and “abusive methods” by prosecutors, was “confident that the judiciary will uphold her,” hinting at her advice in a press release on Wednesday.
The Barcelona public prosecutor accuses the singer of the hits “Hips don’t lie”, “Waka Waka” or “Loca” of not having reported his income to the Spanish tax authorities 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.
For their part, Shakira’s lawyers believe that until 2014 most of her income came from her international tours and that she lived in Spain for no more than six months a year, a requirement for establishing her tax residency in the country.
Prosecutors “adamantly claim the money raised during my international tours and during (the show) “The Voice”” in the United States at a time when “I was not yet a resident of Spain,” the singer said in the Press denounced release sent by their lawyers on Wednesday.
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”.
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.” “.