Superstar faces imprisonment: Shakira fails with an appeal against the tax process

World star Shakira has been arguing with the Spanish tax authorities for years.

Superstar faces imprisonment: Shakira fails with an appeal against the tax process

World star Shakira has been arguing with the Spanish tax authorities for years. Millions and possibly even a prison sentence are at stake. An application by the singer to stop a criminal case has now failed.

Colombian singer Shakira has failed in an application against criminal tax lawsuits. A court in Barcelona had rejected the complaint she had lodged, said the Supreme Court of Catalonia. Shakira wanted to overturn a judge's decision last July to open a criminal trial.

The judiciary accuses her of tax evasion in the millions in the years 2012 to 2014. Shakira, who rose to fame with hits like "Waka Waka" and "Hips Don't Lie," could even face jail time if convicted. It was not initially known when the trial against the superstar could begin.

The core question is where she was liable for tax in the three years. The judiciary says in Spain because she stayed there for more than half a year in each of the three years. The singer denies this, insisting she was a resident of the Bahamas over the years. She only repeatedly visited her partner, football star Gerard Piqué from FC Barcelona, ​​with whom she has two children. Only from 2015 did she live permanently in Barcelona. In addition, she has since paid all taxes.