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A Spanish investigative magistrate on Thursday provisionally shelved the latest probe into an alleged case of tax fraud by pop star Shakira following recommendations by prosecutors.

The Colombian singer had been under investigation for the alleged evasion of 6.7 million euros (£5.7 million) in taxes on her 2018 income via an offshore company.

Shakira has denied any wrongdoing.

State prosecutors who initially brought the allegations said on Wednesday that “there is not sufficient evidence” of a possible fiscal crime and recommended that the probe be closed.

Pop star Shakira struck a deal in November whereby she acknowledged she had failed to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros in taxes between 2012 and 2014 (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The court said, “there is no indication that can prove that Shakira Isabel M R had consciously and voluntarily omitted information and documentation with tax significance”.

If the ruling is not appealed by prosecutors within a week, it will be definitive.

In a separate case, Shakira struck a deal in November with prosecutors whereby she acknowledged she had failed to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros (about £12.4 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.

Shakira currently resides in Miami after having left Spain following her breakup with former football player Gerard Pique.

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