The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Madrid
Shakira has become the latest celebrity to find themselves under investigation by the Spanish authorities for possible tax evasion.
It is alleged that the pop star failed to pay income tax while living in Barcelona between 2012 and 2014, having not officially officially switched residence from the Bahamas until 2015.
The Colombian lives in the northeastern city with her partner Gerard Pique and their two sons. She started dating the Barcelona defender in 2011.
Prosecutor Jose Miguel Company said tax authorities referred the probe to the Barcelona prosecutor’s office in December, but a decision on whether to press charges may not arrive until mid-June – when Shakira is due to be on tour to promote her latest album.
If the investigation finds any wrongdoing, the 40-year-old singer could follow a number of other high-profile figures who have found themselves in court over allegations of tax-dodging.
They appear to show that in 2009, Shakira relocated her intellectual property rights and brands to a company based in Malta, which has been accused of being a tax haven.