Shakira to face tax evasion trial in June

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A court in Catalonia, Spain, said on Tuesday that Shakira will face trial for tax fraud later on 12 June, 2019.

The Colombian singer Shakira allegedly “gained” an estimated €14.5 million (US$16.5 million) from unpaid tax, according to a Spanish government publication.

The publicized court statement dated 22 January contained details of Shakira’s order to appear in court.

Image: Shakira

Media reports confirm that prosecutors filed charges in December 2018, claiming Shakira had failed to pay tax on personal income earned between 2012 and 2014 while residing in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Statement from the singer’s attorneys allege that she never lived in Spain until 2015. Her legal representatives also claimed that she she had fulfilled all tax obligations.

The “Hips Don’t Lie” crooner regularly attends football matches of her partner, Gerard Pique, who plays for Barcelona. Pique and Shakira have two children from their marriage which has lasted almost a decade.

Shakira isn’t the only public figure facing tax evasion charges in Spain.

Spanish authorities have pursued other major celebrities like Pique’s Argentinian Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, who was found guilty, alongside his father, of failing to pay a total of €4.1 million in 2016. The Argentines were fined €250,000 and ordered to pay back the missing tax plus interest.

Former Real Madrid and Portugal international player, Cristiano Ronaldo, on 22 January received court order to pay nearly €19 million for tax evasion.

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