The Prosecutor’s Office in Barcelona requested more than eight years in prison and a fine of about 24 million euros (24.5 million dollars) for the Colombian star Shakira, accused of defrauding 14.5 million euros to the Spanish treasury andbetween 2012 and 2014.
The document with the harsh sentences was presented this Friday by the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Barcelona after the singer, who pleads not guilty, rejected an agreement with the public ministry on Wednesday and said she was willing to go to trial.
Now the Court of Barcelona must rule on whether to finally open an oral trial to the 45-year-old artist, who could reach an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office until the last moment.
The disagreement between the parties is, however, almost total for now. In his writing, the Prosecutor accuses Shakira of having used a “corporate network” created years before to avoid paying taxes in Spain in the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014, despite the fact that he already resided in the country more than the 183 days a year stipulated by law.
For this reason, he asks for the singer sentences of more than eight years in prison and the payment of a fine of almost 24 million euros.
The letter comes two days after the singer’s lawyers announced that they had rejected a pact with the Prosecutor’s Office and that they intended to go to trial.
“With the full conviction of her innocence (…) Shakira does not accept an agreement” with the Prosecutor’s Office and “decides to go ahead” with the process, her legal representatives said in a statement in Barcelona, where the singer resides, who showed herself confident “that justice will prove him right”.
Denouncing “a total violation of their rights”, Shakira stated in the statement that “the prosecution has endeavored to collect the money earned in [sus] international tours and in ‘The Voice'”, the American television program in which she was a judge, in a period in which “she was not yet a resident in Spain”.
– Shakira does not recognize any debt –
The interpreter of “waka waka” either “Hips don’t lie” he recalled that he paid 17.2 million euros (17.4 million dollars) that the treasury claimed and, therefore, considers that “there is no pending debt with the Treasury.”
The artist has always stated that she has acted following the criteria and precise recommendations of her advisers.
According to the accusation, however, Shakira had lived in Spain since at least the 2012 fiscal year, shortly after her relationship with the FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué was made public, but she maintained her fiscal residence in the Bahamas until 2015, considered a tax haven.
The couple, who have two children, announced their separation last June.
The star declared as a defendant in this case in June 2019 before a court on the outskirts of Barcelona, where she dodged the dozens of journalists, photographers and television cameras waiting for her, entering and leaving through an adjoining garage where she had rented a space. of parking.
Last May, a court in Barcelona dismissed an appeal filed by Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, full name of the artist, who requested the investigation file.
Shakira appeared in the so-called Pandora Papers, an extensive investigation of millions of leaked documents published in 2021 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which pointed out hundreds of personalities of having resorted to tax havens, mainly to evade the Treasury.