A Spanish judge has seen "sufficient evidence" for Colombian singer Shakira to face trial for alleged tax evasion, a court document released on Thursday said.
Judge Marco Jesus Juberias has completed a pre-trial investigation of allegations by prosecutors that the singer failed to pay up to €14.5 million in tax on income earned between 2012 and 2014. It is a preliminary step before a trial is set.
While prosecutors say Shakira was living in the region of Catalonia during those years, her representatives argue she did not live in Spain until 2015 and has met all of her tax obligations.
Shakira's representatives in Spain said in an emailed statement on Thursday that the court document was an "expected step in the process" and that the singer's legal team "remains confident and fully cooperative with the judiciary and will not comment further".