Spanish prosecutors need 8-year jail sentence : NPR

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Performer Shakira solutions questions at a information convention on Jan. 30, 2020, in Miami. Spanish prosecutors are searching for a jail sentence of eight years for Colombian-born pop star Shakira in her anticipated trial for alleged tax fraud. Shakira is charged for failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

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Performer Shakira solutions questions at a information convention on Jan. 30, 2020, in Miami. Spanish prosecutors are searching for a jail sentence of eight years for Colombian-born pop star Shakira in her anticipated trial for alleged tax fraud. Shakira is charged for failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

David J. Phillip/AP

MADRID — Prosecutors in Spain mentioned Friday they might ask a court docket to condemn Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in jail, if she is convicted in her anticipated trial for alleged tax fraud.

Shakira, whose full title is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is charged with failing to pay the Spanish authorities 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The prosecutors mentioned they might additionally search a positive of 24 million euros ($24 million).

The indictment particulars six prices towards Shakira. The singer this week rejected a settlement deal supplied by prosecutors, opting to go to trial as an alternative. A trial date has but to be set.

Her publicists in London mentioned in a press release Friday that Shakira «has at all times cooperated and abided by the regulation, demonstrating impeccable conduct as a person and a taxpayer.» The publicists accused the Spanish Tax Company of violating her rights.

Shakira’s Spanish public relations workforce mentioned earlier this week that the artist has deposited the quantity she is alleged to owe, together with 3 million euros in curiosity.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent greater than half of every yr between 2012 and 2014 in Spain and may have paid taxes within the nation.

Shakira just lately ended an 11-year-long relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two youngsters. The household used to reside in Barcelona.

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