Through a letter, the Colombian singer Shakira revealed herself against the Spanish Treasury and accuses her of “using” her for exemplary purposes, to the point of “violating” her right to privacy while investigating her for alleged tax fraud, by while maintaining that since 2011 it has paid more than 104 million euros in taxes worldwide.
The letter was presented by her lawyers before a court in the Spanish town of Esplugues de Llobregat, which has sent her to trial for six crimes against the Public Treasury accused of defrauding 14.5 million euros between 2012 and 2014, pretending that she did not reside in Spain.
In the letter, to which EFE has had access, the lawyers for Isabel Mebarak, Shakira, now defended by the Molins law firm in Barcelona, accuse the Treasury of having mounted a “media campaign” with the sole objective of “forcing” the singer to that “despite his innocence, plead guilty and come to terms with the charges.”
For the defense, the Spanish Tax Agency has acted with a “collection desire” and with “exemplary purposes for the rest of Spanish taxpayers”, resorting to “measures that violate the right to privacy, such as requests to medical centers to obtain confidential information” with in order to demonstrate that he resided in Spain for more than 183 days a year and was obliged to pay taxes.
The artist, the letter adds, “has scrupulously complied with all her tax obligations in the multiple territories with which she has had professional links”, without a single sanction, in addition to “exercising extensive philanthropic work” through the Pies Foundation Barefoot and Latin America in Solidarity Action.
And since 2011, he specifies, “it has paid taxes worldwide for a global amount that exceeds 104 million euros (…), of which 90 million have been paid to the Spanish Public Treasury.”
WC| with information from Union Radio | Time