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Shakira faces 8 years in prison in tax evasion case after refusing plea deal

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Instead of accepting a plea deal, Shakira will have her day in court. Prosecutors in Spain have accused Shakira, 45, of defrauding the government of 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes while living in the country between 2012 and 2014, each Reuters. Earlier this week, she declined a settlement offer from the prosecutor’s office. She claims, every Reutersthat she did not live in Spain during that time.

The document, according to Reuters, states that Shakira “permanently resided in Spain from 2012 to 2014 and in May 2012 bought a house in Barcelona to become a family home for herself, her friend her life. [Gerard Piqué] and their son [Milan Piqué] was born in Spain in 2013.” Shakira (full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) had her official residence listed in the Bahamas during that time, according to Billboards. Prosecutors are demanding eight years in prison and a fine of more than 23 million euros ($23.5 million) if she is found guilty. The trial date has not been set yet.

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Shakira is “completely confident in her innocence”, the singer’s rep said Reutersand she considers the case “a complete violation of her rights.” She also “believes in her innocence and decided to leave the matter in the law,” PR agency Llorente y Cuenca said in a statement. Billboards. Shakira testified that she initially paid the amount of 17.2 million euros that the Spanish tax authorities said she owed and had no debts with the tax authorities.

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SShakira’s situation reflects what many football stars in Spain have faced in the past. Lionel Messiwhile playing for FC Barcelona, ​​was sentenced to 21 months in prison after being found guilty of defrauding Spain of 4.1 million euros between 2007 and 2009, according to BBC. However, Messi never spent a day in jail because under the Spanish justice system, prison sentences of less than two years can result in probation.

The development comes almost two months after Shakira and Gerard, 35, announced their split after 11 years together. “We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the couple said in a statement published by Shakira’s public relations company. “For the sake of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thanks for your understanding. “

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