Entertainment: Spanish prosecutors call for Shakira to get eight-year prison sentence over 'tax fraud'

Shakira accused of tax fraud: why she refused an "agreement" with the justice

 Shakira accused of tax fraud: why she refused an © Charlie Dexton / Kcs Press Shakira accused of tax fraud: why she refused an "agreement" with the justice accused of tax fraud in Spain, Colombian singer Shakira has just rejected an agreement with the prosecution, according to a press release published on July 27, 2022. Certainly to be innocent, she prefers to go to the trial. For a few months, Shakira has been in the collimator of Spanish justice which criticizes him for not having paid his taxes between 2012 and 2014 .

Prosecutors have called for Shakira to be sent to prison (Picture: Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Metro Prosecutors have called for Shakira to be sent to prison (Picture: Invision/AP, File)

A Spanish prosecutor has called for singer Shakira to be sentenced to more than eight years in prison for alleged tax fraud.

The singer is allegedly involved in a €14.5 million (£12.1 million) tax fraud case, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Friday.

Prosecutors have called for the star to be fined more than €23 million (£19.3 million) and a prison sentence for the alleged offence.

As reported by the outlet, the prosecutor’s office has asked for a prison sentence of eight years and two months for six alleged crimes against the Public Treasury.

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Colombian star Shakira, full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is embroiled in a legal case in Spain over alleged tax offences between 2012 and 2014.

As reported by Reuters, the She Wolf hitmaker is accused of failing to pay taxes in the country between those years, with Shakira claiming she did not live in Spain during this period.

The singer claims she was a legal resident of the Bahamas during the time period she is accused of not paying taxes (Picture: Getty) © Provided by Metro The singer claims she was a legal resident of the Bahamas during the time period she is accused of not paying taxes (Picture: Getty)

The star insists she had legal residency in the Bahamas during the time period, and did not spend 183 days or more per year in Spain, which is the threshold to be considered a tax resident.

She has been accused of ‘hiding’ her income by using tax havens, which Shakira flatly denies; she is seeking a full acquittal of all offences.

Shakira displays a big smile: Spanish justice wants to put it behind bars but the singer prefers to have fun in a heavenly place

 Shakira displays a big smile: Spanish justice wants to put it behind bars but the singer prefers to have fun in a heavenly place The singer Shakira was spotted in public on the side of Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) with a large smile . Which shows how serene the star is when Spanish justice intends to sentence her to eight years in prison.

A representative for the star told Metro.co.uk: ‘Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm.

‘Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case.

‘Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process.’

The call for a prison sentence comes days after the pop act reportedly rejected an offer from the prosecutor’s office to make a settlement and close the case.

A settlement would have avoided the possibility of jail time, however her lawyers say she wants to prove her innocence in court.

The prosecutor has reportedly requested that Shakira and a total of 37 other witnesses be questioned, some by video conference.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Shakira for comment.

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