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Shakira could face eight years in prison if convicted in Spanish tax fraud case | World news

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking eight years and two months in prison for Shakira if she is convicted in a trial of alleged tax fraud.

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

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

Prosecutors said they would also seek a fine of €24m (£20.2m).

Shakira rejected a plea deal from prosecutors to end the case earlier this week and chose to go to trial instead.

A trial date has not yet been set.

Shakira’s public relations team said the singer has always fulfilled her tax obligations.

It said the artist had deposited the amount she was allegedly owed, including €3m (£2.5m) in interest.

Prosecutors in Barcelona allege the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year between 2012 and 2014 in Spain and had to pay taxes in the country.

Shakira recently finished an 11-year relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqueby whom they have two children.

The family lived in Barcelona and met shortly before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when Pique starred in the music video for the tournament’s official song, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira.

Her publicists in London said in a statement on Friday that Shakira “has always cooperated and complied with the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and taxpayer”.

Shakira’s representatives referred to a previous statement sent on Wednesday, saying she was “absolutely confident of her innocence” and that she considered the case “a complete violation of her rights.”

Shakira could face eight years in prison if convicted in Spanish tax fraud case | World news

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