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Shakira in Spanish Court Over Alleged Tax Fraud

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7Dnews London

Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:53 GMT

Colombian superstar Shakira appeared in court near Barcelona on Thursday June 6th to be questioned over the alleged evasion of €14.5 million ($16.3 million) in taxes.

The court hearing of the performer, one of Latin America’s biggest stars who lives in Barcelona with footballer Gerard Pique and their two young sons, started at 10:00 am local time (0800 GMT).

Prosecutors accuse her and one of her advisers of tax fraud after she allegedly failed to pay taxes in Spain despite being a resident between 2011 and 2014.

According to AFP, the case only covers the period from 2012 to 2014, as the timeframe to prosecute alleged tax offences in 2011 has expired.

Prosecutors say that while she moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with Pique was made public, her official tax residency remained in the Bahamas Islands until 2015 when she started paying taxes in Spain.

However, her defence team insists that until 2014 she earned most of her money in international tours and did not live more than six months a year in Spain -- a prerequisite to be an official tax-paying resident in the country.

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