Colombian pop singer Shakira, who faced multiple charges in connection with possible tax fraud, closed by the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office. They accepted the payment fines in the amount of 7.3 million euros and a three-year suspended sentence, they inform agencies AFP and DPA.
The singer, whose real name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripollo, appeared in court in Barcelona on Monday to begin a 12-day trial in one of the cases in which she is accused of tax fraud. After a long period of denying any wrongdoing, Shakira finally admitted to the charges, already failed to pay 14.5 million euros in income taxes between 2012 and 2014. She previously claimed that she already had tax obligations in the Bahamas, not in Spain.
The prosecutor’s office for the singer in this case originally demanded eight terms of imprisonment and a fine of almost 24 million euros. By pleading guilty, Shakira escaped not only a trial, but also a possible sentence of imprisonment. DPA explains. In a statement provided to the British press agency Press Association, Shakira stated that she is ready to “overcome the stress and emotional burden” caused by this case.
“If I was determined to defend my innocence in the court process, which my lawyers are convinced would have resulted in a verdict in my favor, I decided to finally resolve this issue. sikremi svoiše deti, kje nepotrevjuj to, aby ich matka promises her personal well-being in this struggle,” claimed the singer.