Shakira could stand trial for tax evasion in Spain, says judge

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(CNN)Colombian popular prima Shakira could basal proceedings for alleged taxation evasion of 14.5 cardinal euros ($17 million) successful Spain, a justice astatine a tribunal adjacent Barcelona has ruled.

There is "sufficient evidence" to clasp a proceedings for Shakira's alleged taxation evasion for the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014, the investigating magistrate said successful a ruling, which CNN has obtained.

Judge Marco Jesus Juberias wrote that Shakira lived much than 200 days successful Spain successful each of those 3 years, making her liable to wage taxes successful the country. Juberias said that successful the probe truthful acold Spain's taxation bureau and Shakira's lawyers person argued implicit the meaning of "main residence."

    Spanish media reports said Shakira's squad argued that her main residence was successful the Bahamas. But section media besides said she has a location successful the Barcelona area, with her longtime partner, FC Barcelona shot defender Gerard Pique, with whom she has 2 children.

      Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona and Shakira airs  with the trophy aft  FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey Final lucifer  against Athletic Club astatine  Camp Nou connected  May 30, 2015 successful  Barcelona, Spain.

      The judge, astatine the tribunal successful Esplugues de Llobregat, wrote that Shakira and a fiscal adviser, besides named successful the ruling, utilized a bid of companies successful off-shore taxation havens to effort to fell the sources of her income during those years.

      Reacting to the ruling, the singer's representatives told CNN successful a connection connected Thursday: "This is an expected measurement successful this process. The ineligible squad maintains its spot and collaboration with the Justice and won't connection immoderate further comments connected this matter."

        The ruling was dated July 20 and the justice gave the parties to the lawsuit 10 concern days to taxable further arguments, including to reason to shelve the case.

        The Spanish taxation codification says that anyone who resides successful Spain for astatine slightest six months and a time -- oregon 183 days -- successful a fixed twelvemonth is liable to wage taxes successful Spain, Madrid taxation consultant, Beatriz Garcia, told CNN connected Thursday.

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