Tax fraud: Shakira refuses an agreement with the Spanish prosecutor's office

Tax fraud: Shakira refuses an agreement with the Spanish prosecutor's office

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BARCELONA | Accused of tax evasion in Spain, Colombian star Shakira, who claims her innocence, said Wednesday that she refused to seal an agreement with the prosecution and wanted to go to trial.

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

“Absolutely certain of her innocence” (…) Shakira does not accept an agreement” with the prosecution “and decides to continue” the procedure until the trial, indicated his advice in a press release, saying that the singer is “confident that justice will prove him right”.

Contacted by AFP, the prosecution was not immediately available.

Denouncing a “total violation of his rights” and “abusive methods” on the part of the prosecution, Shakira affirms in this press release that he “stubbornly insists on claiming the money collected during my international tours and (the show) < em>The Voice“, of which she was a 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 that it therefore “has no longer any debt with regard to the Public Treasury for many years”.

The prosecution accuses the interpreter of the successes Hips don't lie, Waka Waka or Loca of a tax fraud of 14.5 million d euros for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

According to the prosecution, Shakira had been living in Spain since 2011, when her relationship with FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique was made public, but had maintained her tax residence in the Bahamas Islands, considered a tax haven, until 2015. The couple, who have two children, announced their separation in June.

Shakira's lawyers believe that until 2014, most of her income came from her international tours and that 'she did not live more than six months a year in Spain, a condition required to establish her tax residence in the country.

In May, a court in Barcelona rejected an appeal by the singer who demanded an abandonment prosecution.

Shakira's name is among those cited in the Pandora Papers, a vast investigation published at the end of 2021 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, accusing several hundred personalities of having concealed assets in offshore companies ore, including for tax evasion purposes.