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Shakira launches stinging attack on Spanish authorities over £12million tax fraud case

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Shakira has delivered 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 45-year-old singer-songwriter hit out in a surprise onslaught four months after learning Spanish state prosecutors were seeking the stiff penalty if she is found guilty of an alleged £12 million tax fraud.

A date for the trial at a court in Barcelona has yet to be set.The mother-of-two claimed in a statement on Friday she was being 'persecuted' and accused the Spanish Treasury of using 'unacceptable methods to damage her reputation and force her to come to a settlement agreement.'She insisted she had no intention of making any deals and would to trial.

Hitting out: Shakira has delivered 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 A spokesman for the Colombian artist also made it clear she felt the country's tax authorities were accusing her of lying about residing outside of Spain 'without evidence' for the years she had been charged with tax fraud.Shakira, previously tax resident in the Bahamas, only registered as a full-time tax resident in Spain in 2015 despite starting to date her ex Gerard Pique five years earlier.

People who spend more than 183 days in a given calendar year in Spain are considered Spanish residents for tax purposes.Spanish tax inspectors reportedly spent more than a year checking up on Shakira, even visiting her favourite hairdressers in Barcelona and checking her social media to try to show she spent most of the three years in dispute in Spain.They concluded she had spent 242 days in Spain in 2012, 212 days in 2013 and 243 days in the country in 2014 before.

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