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Shakira launches blistering attack on Spanish taxman ahead of £12m fraud trial as star claims she’s being ‘persecuted’

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SHAKIRA has unleashed a stinging attack on tax authorities in Spain ahead of the fraud trial which could see her end up with an eight-year jail sentence.

The singer, 45, hit out in a surprise onslaught four months after learning Spanish state prosecutors were seeking a stiff penalty if she is found guilty of an alleged £12million tax fraud.

A date for the trial at a court in Barcelona has yet to be set. As well as an eight-year prison sentence, state prosecutors want Shakira to be hit with a fine of 23 million euros (£19.2 million) if she is convicted as charged.

The Colombian-born singer is accused of pretending to live abroad to avoid paying tax despite moving to Barcelona in 2011 to be with her then-boyfriend, Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 35.

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