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Judge asks Shakira to go to trial

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Judge asks Shakira to go to trial

There are “signs” that the artist did not pay taxes

BARCELONA (AP) .— A Spanish judge probing an alleged Shakira tax fraud recommended that the case be heard after finding that there was evidence the pop star could have evaded her tax obligations to the state .

Judge Marco Juberius wrote that his three-year investigation found “enough evidence of guilt” for the trial to go to the judge. The decision can be appealed.

The prosecutor’s office in December 2019 accused the Colombian singer of not paying 14.5 million euros (about $16.4 million) in taxes in Spain from 2012 to 2014, when she lived mostly in the country despite having an official residence in Panama.

Shakira, 44, denied wrongdoing when she testified in June 2019. His public relations firm said he made the payments immediately after the Treasury informed him of the debt.

If convicted of tax evasion, Shakira could face possible fines and a possible prison sentence. However, a judge may release offenders from prison without prior record if the sentence is less than two years.