Shakira could stand trial for tax evasion in Spain, says judge

There is “sufficient evidence” to hold a trial for Shakira’s supposed tax evasion for the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014, the examining magistrate stated in a judgment, which CNN has actually gotten.

Judge Marco Jesus Juberias composed that Shakira lived more than 200 days in Spain in each of those 3 years, making her responsible to pay taxes in the nation. Juberias stated that in the examination up until now Spain’s tax firm and Shakira’s attorneys have actually argued over the significance of “main residence.”

Spanish media reports stated Shakira’s group argued that her primary home remained in the Bahamas. However regional media likewise stated she has a house in the Barcelona location, with her long time partner, FC Barcelona football protector Gerard Pique, with whom she has 2 kids.

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona and Shakira pose with the trophy after FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey Final match against Athletic Club at Camp Nou on May 30, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

The judge, at the court in Esplugues de Llobregat, wrote that Shakira and a financial adviser, likewise called in the judgment, utilized a series of business in off-shore tax sanctuaries to try to conceal the sources of her earnings throughout those years.

Responding to the judgment, the vocalist’s agents informed CNN in a declaration on Thursday: “This is an expected step in this process. The legal team maintains its trust and collaboration with the Justice and won’t offer any further comments on this matter.”

The judgment was dated July 20 and the judge offered the celebrations to the case 10 organization days to send extra arguments, consisting of to argue to shelve the case.

The Spanish tax code states that anybody who lives in Spain for a minimum of 6 months and a day — or 183 days — in a given year is responsible to pay taxes in Spain, Madrid tax expert, Beatriz Garcia, informed CNN on Thursday.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.