Shakira to stand trial in Spain for alleged tax fraud

“Shakira and her team consider this case to be a complete violation of her rights,” the statement reads, as she has always displayed impeccable behavior, both as a person and as a taxpayer, and is fully prepared to resolve any dispute from the start, even before that. criminal case.”

In July 2021, a judge in a court near Barcelona ruled that the Colombian singer could be tried for alleged tax evasion of 14.5 million euros ($17 million) in Spain.

In a ruling obtained by CNN, the investigating judge said there was “sufficient evidence” to hold a trial for Shakira’s alleged tax evasion for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Judge Marco Jesus Goberias argued that Shakira lived more than 200 days in Spain in each of those three years, which made her responsible for paying taxes in the country.

At the time, Spanish media reported that Shakira’s team argued that her main residence was in the Bahamas. But local media reported that she has a house in the Barcelona area with her ex-partner, Barcelona football defender Gerard Pique. Pique and Shakira, who have two children together, announced split Last month.

The judge argued that Shakira and a financial advisor, also named in the ruling, used a series of companies in offshore tax havens to try to hide their sources of income during those years.

CNN has reached out to the attorney general’s office for comment, but there has been no response yet.

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