Shakira (46 years old) reached an agreement with Spanish prosecutors and agreed to a three-year suspended prison sentence. The Colombian woman accepted the sentence because she did not want to waste time in court and pleaded guilty to tax evasion between 2012 and 2014 in the amount of 14.5 million euros. How much he must pay to the treasury and what the singer said shortly after the verdict.
Shakira (46), worth $300 million, was sentenced by the Spanish state to three years in prison, suspended. The singer from Colombia evaded taxes from 2012 to 2014 in the amount of 14.5 million euros.
The prosecution initially asked for a sentence of eight years and two months in prison and a fine of 23.5 million euros, but the judges ruled that the artist should be given a suspended sentence of three years and pay a fine of 23.5 million euros. 7.3 million euros. At the same time, he must return the amount with which he caused damage to the Spanish state and pay an additional fine of 430,000 euros.
Shakira: “I came to the conclusion that...”
The Colombian woman accepted the sentence because she did not want to waste time on the trial, realizing that the process would be very long. Shortly after the verdict, Shakira issued a statement in which she made it clear that she still felt innocent.
“I came to the conclusion that it would no longer be a triumph if several years of life were stolen for it. I am very grateful to the Spanish citizens such as Xabi Alonso, Sito Pons and many others who fought until the end. I've put years of my life into this, but today winning means getting my free time back. How does victory warm you if you lose 10-15 years for it?” the singer said, reports Adevărul.ro.
Spanish authorities have also targeted other major celebrities for tax evasion, including footballers such as Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Lionel Messi of Argentina and Spanish-British player Diego Costa. They all reached an agreement and paid huge fines.