Suspicions of tax evasion: declaring herself a victim of “persecution” by the Spanish tax authorities, Shakira rejects the prosecution’s proposal and wants to prove her “innocence” in court

Suspicions of tax evasion: declaring herself a victim of "persecution" by the Spanish tax authorities, Shakira rejects the prosecution's proposal and wants to prove her "innocence" in court

The Colombian singer believes she has paid the amount due to the Spanish tax authorities.

Shakira won’t pay more! The Colombian singer rejected the proposal by Spanish prosecutors on Wednesday that they could allow her to reduce her sentence for tax evasion, reports El País.

Accused of having stolen about 14.5 million euros from the tax authorities between 2012 and 2014, the ex-girlfriend of the Barça player Gerard Pique incurs a large fine in addition to the payment of his tax arrears.

Resident of the Bahamas

The artist’s defense ensures that he spent no more than 183 days a year on Spanish territory (legal threshold for a citizen to be considered a tax resident), while the prosecution believes that he spent most of his time in Barcelona, With his then partner and their children. Shakira claims that during this period her legal residence was fixed in the Bahamas and that she only traveled sporadically to Spain.

The tense negotiations with the Spanish prosecutor did not go well, the international star judged the proposed agreement disproportionate and contrary to his interests. Shakira, who has already paid more than 17 million euros to the Spanish taxman, believes he has paid her debts.

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“There has never been such an unreasonable persecution”

“The singer fully believes in her innocence” and is ready to prove it in court, assures his entourage in a press release. “There has never been such an unreasonable and ferocious persecution by the taxman”indicate his relatives, who they accuse of being the prosecutor “without compromises” and to have n “direct evidence or reasonable standard” to support his accusation.

However, the prosecution proposal remains valid until the trial, the date of which has not yet been set.

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