Colombian singer Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripol, may sit on the dock in Spain for possible tax evasion, according to information from the Spanish daily El Pais, BGNES reported.
The singer will not be able to avoid litigation unless she makes a deal with the prosecution at the last minute. After a 3-year investigation, it became clear that there was enough evidence for the singer to go to court for tax evasion. Prosecutors have charged Shakira with six tax crimes, so she could even be jailed if convicted.
In June 2019, the singer testified in a Spanish court in a case of possible tax evasion. The contractor is suspected of crimes related to tax evasion in 2012-2014 for a total of 14.5 million euros. It is believed that since 2011 Shakira has lived in the capital of Catalonia with the defender of the Spanish football club Barcelona Gerard Pique.
Under Spanish law, if a person lives in the country for more than six months, he automatically becomes a tax resident of Spain. This means that he must pay taxes on all income, including those received abroad. Shakira, 44, is known not only as a singer but also as a songwriter, dancer, music producer, choreographer and model. She is considered the most successful Latin American singer. She has a star on the Los Angeles Walk of Fame and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.