Pop singer Shakira will face trial in Spanish tax fraud case

Pop singer Shakira will face trial in Spanish tax fraud case

The 45-year-old singer lives with FC Barcelona soccer club defender Gerard Pique. (File)

Madrid:

A Spanish court has rejected an appeal by Colombian singer Shakira and upheld an earlier ruling that saw “sufficient evidence” to send her for trial on tax fraud charges, a court document showed Thursday.

Prosecutors claim the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer failed to pay up to 14.5 million euros ($ 15.54 million) in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014.

They argue that Shakira was living in the Spanish north of Catalonia in those years, although representatives of the Colombian pop star say she only moved to Spain in 2015, where she has since fulfilled all her tax obligations.

The new ruling is a confirmation of a previous court ruling issued in July 2021 The court still has to send him for a formal trial and set a date

His legal team said in a statement on Thursday that they would defend his case with strong legal arguments.

“Shakira’s conduct on tax matters has always been impeccable in all countries and she has faithfully and faithfully followed the recommendations of the best experts and advisers,” the statement said.

The 45-year-old singer lives with FC Barcelona soccer club defender Gerard Pique and has two children. They have been together since 2011.

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