A judge in Barcelona opened a second investigation into potential tax fraud against the well-known Grammy-winning musician Shakira on Thursday.
An Esplugues de Llobregat investigating magistrate in the Barcelona suburb of Barcelona has started an investigation into Shakira, according to a statement from the press office of the Higher Court of Justice of Catalonia. The musician is suspected of two charges of tax fraud in 2018, according to a complaint made by the prosecution that served as the basis for this inquiry.
Shakira is now awaiting trial for another case concerning accused tax evasion in addition to the new probe opened for alleged tax fraud in 2018. In a prior lawsuit, the singer was charged with omitting $16.2 million in taxes for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
A judge in Barcelona issued a judgment in July 2021 declaring that Shakira would be qualified to testify in the alleged tax evasion case. The investigating magistrate determined that there was sufficient substantial evidence to move forward with a trial regarding the singer’s suspected tax evasion for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014. He reached this conclusion after reviewing the material.
Shakira was said to have spent more than 200 days in Spain in each of the three years in question, 2012, 2013, and 2014, according to the judge’s decision in the court case. The judge determined that she was required to pay taxes in Spain for those years based on this defense.
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Shakira’s defense team said that the musician used to live in the Bahamas most of the time during the judicial proceedings, according to Spanish media. Local media outlets, however, refuted this assertion by reporting that she shared a home in the Barcelona region with her ex-partner, former FC Barcelona football defender Gerard Piqué. The footballer and Shakira split in June 2022.