Shakira on the verge of ending her legal woes in Spain

Shakira on the verge of ending her legal woes in Spain
Shakira on the verge of ending her legal woes in Spain

Accused of tax fraud, Shakira should finally fall through the cracks of Spanish justice.

The prosecution on Wednesday requested the dismissal of the proceedings against the Colombian singer.

The decision must now be validated by the court.

Shakira should once again avoid a trial for tax fraud in Spain. The prosecution requested this Wednesday, May 8, the dismissal of proceedings against the global star, almost six months after an agreement with prosecutors in a separate procedure. “The prosecution considers that there is insufficient evidence” to criminally prosecute the Colombian artist, as part of this procedure relating to the year 2018, we can read in a press release.

A court on the outskirts of Barcelona announced in July that it had launched proceedings against Shakira. The latter was suspected of having used companies domiciled in tax havens to avoid paying all of her income and wealth tax that year.

The 47-year-old singer paid 6.6 million euros to the courts in August to show her desire to regularize her situation with the tax authorities. A sum corresponding to the amount owed to the tax authorities, increased by late payment interest and regularization costs. The desire of the prosecution to close the case must still be approved by the court, but it a priori removes the prospect of a trial and a heavy fine for the singer.

A trial already avoided last November

Implicated on multiple occasions by the Spanish tax authorities, Shakira has already avoided an embarrassing trial at the end of 2023 before the Barcelona court as part of a separate procedure. The prosecution then accused her of not having paid her taxes in Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In those years, however, she had lived more than 183 days per year in the country, the threshold beyond which a person is there. considered a tax resident.

The prosecution had requested a sentence of eight years and two months in prison and a fine of 23.8 million euros against the singer. Summoned to court in November to stand trial, she sealed a last-minute agreement with the prosecution and thus avoided a trial promising an unpacking of her private life.

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The “Waka Waka” singer was ordered, as part of this agreement, to pay a fine of more than 7.3 million euros corresponding to “50%” of the amount of the fraud. She had already paid 17.45 million euros to the tax authorities to regularize her situation in this matter.

CD | with AFP



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