Shakira: Spanish public prosecutor files new criminal complaint

This is the second tax evasion investigation against the singer.

The Spanish public prosecutor’s office for economic crimes has filed a criminal complaint against the Colombian pop singer Shakira. She is accused of tax evasion with debts amounting to 6.7 million. This is the second investigation against the singer in Spain.

According to Europa Press, the application was received on Tuesday (September 26) at the court in Esplugues de Llobregat, near Barcelona. This was confirmed by a spokesman. The investigation was initiated in July after the tax office reported Shakira on suspicion of evading income and wealth taxes in 2018. An investigative court will decide whether she has to stand trial.

The Colombian had previously been charged by the Spanish tax office on allegations of tax evasion between 2012 and 2014. During this time, tax debts of 14.5 million euros are said to have accumulated. The singer protests her innocence and emphasizes that she lived in the Bahamas for tax purposes. In addition, she has already repaid all debts plus interest. In relation to this case, the public prosecutor’s office is demanding a prison sentence of eight years and two months, as well as a fine of 23.8 million euros.