18th August 2019
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Shakira attends Barcelona court over tax fraud charges

Colombian singer Shakira appeared in a local court near Barcelona on Thursday to answer charges of tax fraud amounting to 14.5m euros.

Prosecutors accuse the pop star, and partner of Barça player Gerard Piqué, of avoiding paying the tax between 2012 and 2014 when she was living in Barcelona.

Shakira dodged reporters at the court in Esplugues de Llobregat, near Barcelona, by entering from the parking lot, where her lawyer had rented her a parking space.

Shakira Pique
An image from September 2014, when Colombian singer Shakira attended an FIBA World Basketball match at the Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona, with her husband Gerard Pique. (AFP / Lluis Gene)

Facing six accusations of fraud from the time she began living with Piqué in the Catalan capital, Shakira’s defence claims she paid her taxes in the Bahamas.

However, the prosecution alleges that her representatives hid her income from the Spanish tax agency and only started paying taxes in Spain in 2015.

Shakira spent over 200 days in Spain in each of the years covered by the allegations, with the law stipulating that residents who live for 183 days in Spain must pay tax.

In a statement, the singer insisted she owed ‘nothing’ in Spain and had paid everything ‘down to the last euro demanded by the tax agency’.

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