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Shakira summoned by Spanish court to answer tax evasion charges

/ 02:50 PM February 27, 2019

MADRID — A Spanish court investigating Shakira for possibly evading 14.5 million euros ($16.4 million or P859 million) in taxes has called on the pop music star to testify in mid-June.

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In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Shakira performs at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Image: AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File

Prosecutors charged the singer in December for not paying taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she lived mostly in the country despite having an official residence in Panama.

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In their indictment, prosecutors also allege that the Colombian-born singer concealed her income through 14 companies in tax heavens.

Shakira’s Spanish public relations firm says the singer has settled all her debts with local tax authorities. It says she will testify as required on June 12 at a court in Esplugues de Llobregat, the Barcelona suburb where Shakira lives with soccer player Gerard Pique and the couple’s children. NVG

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