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Spain: Shakira appears in court over tax evasion charges01:20

Spain: Shakira appears in court over tax evasion charges

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June 6, 2019 at 12:45 GMT -00:00 · Published

Colombian pop star Shakira appeared in court in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, on Thursday over allegations of tax evasion.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Treasury, the singer managed to avoid paying €14.50 million ($16 million) in taxes in Spain during 2012 and 2014, and is accusing her of tax evasion and five other criminal offences.

Shakira reportedly declared she was not living in Spain during those years, and that she only moved there around the time her first son was born, therefore she was not beholden to pay those taxes in Spain.

The singer, who was due to enter court through the main door, used a back door entrance through the parking lot to avoid being photographed. She left after declaring her position to the court for an hour and ten minutes.

Spain: Shakira appears in court over tax evasion charges01:20
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Colombian pop star Shakira appeared in court in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, on Thursday over allegations of tax evasion.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Treasury, the singer managed to avoid paying €14.50 million ($16 million) in taxes in Spain during 2012 and 2014, and is accusing her of tax evasion and five other criminal offences.

Shakira reportedly declared she was not living in Spain during those years, and that she only moved there around the time her first son was born, therefore she was not beholden to pay those taxes in Spain.

The singer, who was due to enter court through the main door, used a back door entrance through the parking lot to avoid being photographed. She left after declaring her position to the court for an hour and ten minutes.

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