West News Wire: In the event that Colombian music artist Shakira is found guilty in her upcoming trial for alleged tax fraud, prosecutors in Spain said on Friday that they will urge the court to sentence her to eight years and two months in jail.
Shakira is accused of neglecting to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. The prosecution declared that they will also pursue a $24 million ($24 million) fine.
Shakira is accused with six crimes, according to the indictment. This week, the singer turned down a plea bargain from the prosecution and chose to go to trial instead. There is no definite date for the trial.
Her publicists in London said in a statement Friday that Shakira “has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer.” The publicists accused the Spanish Tax Agency of violating her rights.
Shakira’s Spanish public relations team said earlier this week that the artist has deposited the amount she is said to owe, including 3 million euros in interest.
Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year between 2012 and 2014 in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country.
Shakira recently ended an 11-year-long relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two children. The family used to live in Barcelona.