Spanish court formally sends Shakira to trial for tax fraud

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A Spanish court has formally ordered Colombian star Shakira to stand trial on charges that she failed to pay $14.31 million in income tax, a court document released on Tuesday showed.

the singer of “Hips Don’t Lie” rejected in July a deal to close the case, which meant she would have to be tried for something that could land her in prison for eight years.

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The Esplugues de Llobregat court confirmed that the trial will take place on a date yet to be announced.

The prosecution is asking for an eight-year prison sentence for the singer, accused of not paying taxes between 2012 and 2014, during which time she said she led a “nomadic life” because of her work.

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“The order to send Shakira to trial is just one more step in any such lawsuit. The situation has not changed and everything continues normally. Shakira’s legal defense will do her job presenting her arguments in writing at the appropriate time,” her lawyers said.

Shakira vowed last week to fight what she claimed were “false” accusations from Spanish authorities and added that she had already paid what the Spanish tax authorities said she owed before filing a lawsuit.

Source: CNN Brasil

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