Spanish prosecutors have said Shakira should face eight years in prison over the ongoing alleged tax fraud case involving the musician.
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Shakira has been charged with failing to pay the government millions in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Shakira was offered a plea deal earlier this year but instead opted to pursue a trial.
A statement sent to the BBC by Shakira’s publicist said the singer is “fully confident of her innocence” and called the case a “violation of her rights.”
The charges, which date back to 2018, come from an allegation that Shakira spent more than half the year of each year in Spain between 2012 and 2014.
According to tax laws in Spain, anyone residing in the country for over six months is considered a “resident” and therefore must pay taxes.
Shakira is claiming she did not live most of the year in Spain during that time.
Since the tax fraud allegations were made in 2018, Shakira has said that she paid the 17.2 million euros (£14.4 million) she owed the Spanish government, per Reuters.
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