A court docket in Spain on Thursday dismissed Colombian singer Shakira’s attraction in a tax fraud case, paving the way in which for a trial after a decide beforehand concluded there was sufficient proof to recommend the pop star could have averted her fiscal obligations to the state. The case first made headlines in December 2018 after Spanish prosecutors charged the singer with failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($15.5 million) in taxes on earnings earned between 2012 and 2014.
Shakira, 45, denied any wrongdoing when she testified in June 2019.
On the coronary heart of the authorized wrangling is the query of the singer’s residence: Prosecutors allege she lived principally in Spain regardless of having an official residence within the Bahamas.
In its choice issued Thursday, the Spanish court docket mentioned the proof suggests Shakira was “a ordinary resident in Spain,” including that documentation didn’t substantiate her residence for tax functions in a foreign country.
The court docket upheld a July ruling through which Spanish Decide Marco Juberías wrote that his three-year probe discovered there existed “ample proof of criminality” for the case to go to trial.
Shakira’s public relations agency mentioned Thursday that she had instantly paid what she owed as soon as she was knowledgeable of the debt by Spain’s Tax Workplace.
“Shakira’s conduct on tax issues has at all times been impeccable in all of the international locations the place she has needed to pay taxes, and he or she has trusted and faithfully adopted the suggestions of one of the best specialists and skilled advisors,” the PR agency mentioned in a press release.
Shakira’s authorized staff will proceed to “defend her innocence,” in line with the assertion.
The singer faces a attainable superb and a jail sentence, if discovered responsible of tax evasion. Nonetheless, a decide can waive jail time for first-time offenders if they’re sentenced to lower than two years behind bars.