In a Spanish tax fraud prosecution, pop artist Shakira might be sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Shakira, a Colombian singing artist, might face charges of tax fraud,
And prosecutors in Spain said Friday that they intend to ask a judge to sentence her to eight years and two months in jail if she is found guilty.
Shakira is accused of neglecting to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
Full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. The prosecution declared that they will also pursue a $24 million ($24 million) fine.
In the indictment, Shakira is charged with six offences.
This week, the musician turned down the prosecution's offer of a plea bargain and chose to go to trial in its place. The precise date of the trial is not yet established.
Shakira "has always conformed and abided by the law, exhibiting great conduct as a human and a taxpayer,"
According to a statement emailed by her publicists in London on Friday. According to the publicists, her rights had been violated by the Spanish Tax Agency.
The artist has deposited the sum she is alleged to owe, along with 3 million euros in interest,
According to Shakira's Spanish public relations staff, who made the announcement earlier this week.