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Shakira, 47, at present lives in Miami together with her two sons. (File)

Barcelona:

A court docket in Spain stated Thursday it has shelved a probe into one other alleged tax fraud by Colombian pop star Shakira, placing an finish to her authorized hassle within the nation the place she as soon as lived.

Prosecutors had opened the case in July, accusing her of utilizing a community of corporations, a few of them based mostly in tax havens, to cheat the tax workplace out of 6.6 million euros ($7.09 million) in 2018, together with curiosity and changes. A month later, the so-called Queen of Latin Pop paid 6.6 million euros to settle the debt.

However on Wednesday prosecutors really helpful that the probe be dropped on account of “inadequate proof” and the court docket investigating the case agreed.

Whereas the court docket stated the “Hips Do not Lie” singer had dedicated “irregularities” in her 2018 tax return, it added that “irregularities are usually not sufficient to represent a (legal) offence in opposition to the tax authorities”.

It added that Shakira didn’t have “the intent to defraud the tax authorities”.

In a separate case, Shakira in November struck a last-minute settlement with prosecutors on the opening day of her trial over a separate tax fraud cost involving revenue she earned between 2012 and 2014.

In that case prosecutors had sought a jail sentence of over eight years for the singer. They accused her of defrauding the tax authorities of 14.5 million euros in a case that centred on how a lot time she was dwelling in Spain.

Shakira denied the costs, saying she solely moved to Spain full time in 2015.

By the point the case got here to trial, she had already paid 17.45 million euros to settle her excellent tax debt, prosecutors stated on the time.

‘Emotional toll’

On the day it opened, that trial — which had been on account of run for 3 weeks and listen to from some 120 witnesses — was rapidly concluded after she agreed to pay a high quality of practically 7.8 million euros.

On the time she defined she had settled “with the very best curiosity of my children at coronary heart” as a result of she wanted “to maneuver previous the stress and emotional toll of the final a number of years” and give attention to her profession.

Shakira, 47, now lives in Miami together with her two sons after splitting from Barcelona star defender Gerard Pique.

He was himself convicted of tax fraud in 2016 and ordered to pay 2.1 million euros in fines and arrears. Spain’s Supreme Court docket in 2021 annulled his conviction.

Final yr, Shakira’s celebrity Argentine producer Bizarrap received the Latin Grammy for music of the yr with a observe taking a swipe at Pique — who has since retired from soccer — by which she accuses him of leaving her with a “debt to the tax workplace”.

“Individuals on my workforce tried to persuade me to alter the lyrics, however I am not a UN diplomat. I’m an artist and, above all, a girl,” Shakira instructed Spanish superstar journal Hola!

Spain has lately cracked down on celebrities, together with soccer stars resembling Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, for unpaid taxes.

Each gamers have been discovered responsible of evasion and obtained jail sentences that have been waived for first-time offenders.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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