Shakira facing an 8-year prison term as prosecutors in Barcelona seek to make an example of the pop star.
Prosecutors in Spain will ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison if she is convicted in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud.
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is charged with failing to pay the Spanish government €14.5 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
The prosecutors said on Friday that they would also seek a fine of €24 million.
The indictment details six charges against Shakira. The singer this week rejected a settlement deal offered by prosecutors, opting to go to trial instead.
A trial date has yet to be set.
Shakira facing an 8-year prison term
Shakira’s public relations team says the singer has always fulfilled her tax duties. and that Shakira facing an 8-year prison term is the Spanish prosecutors playing hardball.
It says the artist has deposited the amount she is said to owe, including €3 million in interest. They insist the prosecutors in Spain are looking to make an example of the pop star.
Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year between 2012 and 2014 in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country.
Shakira recently ended an 11-year-long relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two children. The family used to live in Barcelona.
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