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Prosecuted for tax fraud, Shakira makes a last-minute plea deal before her trial

Shakira leaves the Barcelona court. (Barcelona, ​​November 20, 2023) Abaka

The Colombian singer accused of tax fraud in Barcelona has finally agreed to pay a fine of 7.5 million euros to the Spanish courts.

Shakira can finally breathe. The singer accused of tax fraud by the Spanish courts was tried this Monday, October 20, in Barcelona and faces up to eight years in prison and a fine of 23.8 million euros. Finally, a few minutes before his trial, he, according to a Spanish daily El Pais He reached a financial agreement with the judge in the amount of 7.5 million euros.

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Don’t wait

The whole thing started in 2012 in Spain and more specifically in Barcelona. Shakira, who was then married to football player Gerard Pique, decided to buy a house in the capital of Catalonia. Problem: she declares it as a second home, and as the judges tried to show during the trial, she lives there year-round with her husband. However, property taxes are not the same for a primary or secondary residence. This is where the Colombian’s problem lies. he insists that this house in Barcelona was only one, and that it was not the main place of his life, for the simple and good reason that from 2012 to 2014 be problematic by the courts. he was on tour all over the world and that he was only in this house from time to time; It is clear that they went after my money under all pretexts,” he said He in September 2022 only in 2015 Waka Waka has officially announced that she lives in Spain with her two children, 10-year-old Milan and 8-year-old Sasha, and her husband Gerard Pique. Justice is therefore interested, as we will understand, by 2015.

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Salty note

Shakira, for her part, has always stuck to her guns, declaring her innocence and even a few months ago rejected a settlement offer from the judges, preferring to go to court to defend herself. “Unfortunately, and despite my best efforts, the Spanish tax authorities have taken legal action against me, as they have done against many professional athletes and other high-profile individuals, draining these people’s energy, time and peace of mind for years,” he explains. in a press release written by his legal teams, including a Spanish newspaper El Mundo was able to be informed. That’s why this Monday, November 20, a few minutes before the start of his trial, he decided “for the sake of his children” that he had to put an end to this story once and for all. “My children do not want to see their mother sacrifice her well-being for this cause,” he added in this same public statement. “Throughout my career, I have always strived to do what is right and set a positive example for others,” he said. Shakira has decided to forget this eight-year fight, as she sums it up in this statement, which has been covered by all the press: all the opportunities available to me in my career. What’s more, we know that this reconciliation comes just a few months after the singer split from her ex-footballer, with whom she was in a relationship for eleven years. Therefore, we might wonder if this isn’t an idea to start off on a good footing by applying our own mantra, chanted loud and clear in 2022: Do not worry.

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Source: Le Figaro

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