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Shakira Blasts Spanish Authorities Amid Tax Fraud Case

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The singer said that "unfair measures" were employed to damage her reputation and exert pressure.

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Shakira said: The tax authorities are not respecting the legal certainty that should be given to any taxpayer,

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As well as that, they are trying to damage a reputation earned over many years.

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In my case, they have violated my right to privacy and the presumption of innocence, basic rights of any citizen."

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He said unorthodox methods were used by the Spanish Treasury in the investigation against him

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such as requesting personal data from hospitals where the singer had requested visits, and saying that his case was part of a "narrative".

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The mother-of-two said "unacceptable methods" were used to damage her reputation and force her to come to a settlement agreement

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He insisted that she would not take a deal and would face trial.

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Shakira's lawyer, Pablo Molins Amat, presented her legal statement of offence to the Barcelona court, which has been investigating her.

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According to legal documents, Shakira declared herself a tax resident of Spain in 2015, after settling there with her family and enrolling her son in school.