Spain’s Prosecutor Wants Shakira To Spend 8 Years In Jail

After all, her hips could be deceiving her. According to Reuters, if Colombian diva Shakira is found guilty of defrauding the government of millions of dollars in taxes, Spanish prosecutors intend to lock her up for eight years. For the past two years, Shakira has been in the midst of a court struggle over an alleged $14.7 million tax evasion while she lived in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

Prosecutors offered her a plea agreement earlier this week. Still, the 45-year-old Queen of Latin Pop turned it down because she “believes in her innocence and decides to leave the issue in the hands of the law,” according to the PR agency Llorente y Cuenca. There is no doubt that the prosecutor’s claim that Shakira purchased a property in Barcelona in May 2012 is correct. According to a document acquired by Reuters, she was living there with her former partner Gerard Piqué and their baby, who was born in Spain in 2013.

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Prosecutors believe Shakira spent most of her time in Spain, even though her official residency was in the Bahamas. According to the document, prosecutors want Shakira to serve eight years in prison and pay a $23.5 million fine if they can establish their case at trial.

Spain's Prosecutor Wants Shakira To Spend 8 Years In Jail.
Spain’s Prosecutor Wants Shakira To Spend 8 Years In Jail.

Even though she’s sold over 80 million records worldwide, the “Whenever, Wherever” singer always insists on maintaining her innocence. She claims that she paid a $17.5 million debt to the Spanish government and has no further obligations to the country. Contacted about the situation, a spokesperson for the pop artist claimed that she “is certain of her innocence” and believes the case is an “absolute breach of her rights.”