Shakira's statement on her tax fraud case: Spanish authorities violated my privacy

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Shakira's statement on her tax fraud case: Spanish authorities violated my privacy

Shakira strongly responded to the accusations that she hid more than 14.5 million dollars in Spain. In a statement, she said she was "persecuted" and accused the Spanish Treasury of using "unacceptable methods to damage her reputation and force her to sign a settlement agreement." She added that she has no intention of settling and that she wants to go to court.

Her legal team released a statement

"Shakira is a taxpayer who has always shown impeccable tax conduct and has never had tax problems in any other jurisdiction. The singer relied on top advisors such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

She never exceeded the 183 days of presence in Spain required to be a tax resident. With no solid evidence to support the charges against her, she has been fiercely persecuted in the criminal and media spheres using unacceptable methods to damage her reputation and force her to come to a settlement agreement.

Shakira has already paid more than 90 million euros for international income that has not been generated in Spain and for her international assets, without having a business centre in this country where she has never earned a significant income." The singer wrote that it is unacceptable that tax collectors in their accusation do not respect the legal security that must be guaranteed to every taxpayer.

"It is unacceptable that in its accusation the tax authorities are not respecting the legal certainty that must be guaranteed to any taxpayer, not my fundamental rights. As well as that they are trying to damage a reputation earned with the work of many years." Shakira said.

"In my case, they have violated my right to privacy and the presumption of innocence, basic rights of any citizen." she added. "Shakira continues to maintain her firm will to comply with all her tax obligations in Spain, as well as in all the countries where she has resided or performed during her long professional career.

Finally, Shakira wishes to express her absolute confidence in the independence of the Spanish justice system and her firm conviction that, after the trial, her full innocence will prevail." She accused several representatives of the treasury of giving statements to the media in violation of the obligation of secrecy and confidentiality and thus creating a "fictional story that she was still present on the territory of Spain." We remind you that people who spend more than 183 days in Spain are considered taxpayers.