Spanish prosecutors want 8 years in prison: NPR

Singer Shakira answers questions during a press conference in Miami on January 30, 2020. Spanish prosecutors are demanding an eight-year prison sentence for Colombian pop star Shakira at her pending trial on tax fraud charges. Shakira is accused of not paying 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

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Singer Shakira answers questions during a press conference in Miami on January 30, 2020. Spanish prosecutors are demanding an eight-year prison sentence for Colombian pop star Shakira at her pending trial on tax fraud charges. Shakira is accused of not paying 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

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MADRID – Spanish prosecutors said on Friday they will ask the court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison if she is found guilty in her pending tax fraud trial.

Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is accused of failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes to the Spanish government between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors also said they would seek a fine of 24 million euros ($24 million). ).

The indictment details six charges against Shakira. The singer rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors this week, preferring to go to trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

Her publicists in London said in a statement on Friday that Shakira “has always cooperated and complied with the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and as a taxpayer”. Publicists accused the Spanish Tax Agency of violating his rights.

Shakira’s Spanish public relations team said earlier this week that the artist had deposited the amount she was said to be owed, including 3 million euros in interest.

Prosecutors in Barcelona claimed that the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and was required to pay taxes in that country.

Shakira recently ended her 11-year relationship with Barcelona star Gerard Pique, with whom she has two children. The family used to live in Barcelona.

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