Shakira Could Face Eight Years in Jail if Convicted in Spanish Tax fraud Case

Tough times for Shakira.

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking an eight-year and two month prison term for Shakira, if she is convicted in a trial for alleged tax fraud.

The Colombian singer, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is charged with failing to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros (£12.2m) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.

The singer, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide with hits like Hips Don’t Lie, says she did not live in Spain during that period.

The prosecutor’s document, seen by Reuters, asserts that Shakira was ordinarily resident in Spain between 2012 and 2014, and in May 2012 bought a house in Barcelona that became a family home for herself, her partner, and their son born in Spain in 2013. The document asked for an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of more than €23m should she be found guilty. No date for a trial has been set.

Asked to comment, Shakira’s representatives referred to a previous statement released on Wednesday saying the singer was “fully confident of her innocence” and that she considered the case “a total violation of her rights”.

The terms of the earlier settlement offer have not been disclosed.

The 45-year-old singer said she has paid the tax authorities €17.2m, which the Spanish tax office said she owed, and claimed she has no outstanding debt.

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