Shakira has reached an agreement with the prosecutor’s office and the State Attorney’s Office and has managed to reduce her sentence for tax fraud from 8 years and a fine of 23.8 million euros to 3 years in prison and a fine of 7.3 million euros. euros. Assuming the sentence, Shakira will not serve prison time since the prison sentence has been replaced by a fine of 432,000 euros.
Thus, Shakira’s trial for tax fraud has ended before it even began. The Colombian singer went to the Barcelona Court this Monday and, sitting in the dock, she took on the crimes she was accused of, in a visit that lasted just 10 minutes.
The tax fraud for which Shakira is accused is estimated at 14.5 million euros and dates back to the period 2012-2014. The author of ‘La Tortura’, who had already paid the debt with the treasury, has regularized her situation before the Tax Agency and has benefited from the mitigating compensation for damage, after having paid 90 million euros in the last years.
In a statement, Shakira explained the reason why she has decided to admit the crimes of which she is accused. «After many years of fighting, I had two options: continue fighting until the end, mortgaging my peace of mind and that of my children, stop making songs, albums and tours, without being able to enjoy my career and the things I like, or agree, close and leave behind this chapter of my life looking forward. Shakira assures that “I have come to the conclusion that it is not a triumph to win if the price is having so many years of your life stolen.”
In the text, Shakira has once again harshly criticized the Tax Agency: “I feel that this system in Spain needs to be reviewed for the good of the citizens. And for my part I will continue to be an ally to make this happen. In recent days, Shakira has announced that she will go on tour in 2024, the year in which she will also release a new studio album. It will be her first in seven years.