Spanish judge asks pop singer Shakira for tax evasion

Colombian singer Shakira will visit the Tanourin Sugi Sanctuary in Tanourin, Lebanon on July 13, 2018. (JamalSaidi / File / Reuters)

Madrid-Spanish judges saw “sufficient evidence” for Colombian singer Shakira to face a tax evasion trial, a court document released Thursday said.

Judge Marco Jesus Juberias conducted a pretrial investigation of the prosecutor’s allegations that the singer did not pay taxes of up to € 14.5 million ($ 17.2 million) on income earned between 2012 and 2014. I summarized it. This is a pre-trial preparatory stage. Configuration.

“The document attached to the proceeding (…) is sufficient evidence of fraud to continue the proceeding,” the judge said in a court document.

Prosecutors say Shakira lived in the Catalan region during the year, but her representative claims she did not live in Spain until 2015 and fulfilled all tax obligations. increase.

A representative of Shakira in Spain said in an email statement Thursday that the court document was “the expected step in the process” and the singer’s legal team “continues to cooperate fully with confidence in the judiciary, no more. I will not comment. “

The 44-year-old singer and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué have been together since 2011 and have two children.

Emma Pined

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