Pop star Shakira could face 8 years in prison in a Spanish tax fraud trial

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If Shakira is found guilty of tax fraud in her next trial in Spain, prosecutors plan to argue for a sentence of eight years and two months in jail for the Colombian music diva.

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During the period between 2012 and 2014, the Spanish government claims that Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, failed to pay the government $14.5 million in taxes. According to the prosecution, a fine of 24 million euros is also on the table.

Shakira faces six accusations in the indictment. This week, the musician turned down a plea agreement from prosecutors and decided to go to trial instead. An exact trial date has not yet been decided.

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“Shakura has always cooperated and complied with the law, showing excellent behaviour as an individual and a taxpayer,” her publicists in London said on Friday in a statement. She was charged by her publicists of breaching her rights by the Spanish Tax Agency.

It was reported earlier this week that Shakira’s Spanish public relations staff stated that she had deposited the sum she is alleged to owe, along with an additional 3 million euros in interest.

According to prosecutors in Barcelona, the Grammy winner should have paid taxes in Spain because he spent more than half of each year there between 2012 and 2014.

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Shakira and Gerard Piqué, the FC Barcelona player with whom she has two children, recently broke their 11-year engagement. Barcelona was where the family used to dwell before they relocated to the United States.

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