Celebrated Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi along with his father is set to stand in a court as both are charged with tax fraud, as mandated by a Spanish Court. Read on to get more details.
If the assertions are proven true, according to the law, then both will be slapped with a jail time of 22 months, as reported by BBC News.
The duo has been charged with cheating on the taxman, amounting to 4.16 million euros equivalent to $4.69 million connected to the three-time European Golden Shoes winner’s image rights via pseudo-companies based in Belize and Uruguay. Meanwhile, both have rebuffed the accusations.
Initially, there was a universal clamor from the prosecutors that the Argentina captain had no call to answer for the case as it was an act alone purported by his father. However, as cited by Sky Sports, the judge, agreeing to take the advice from tax authorities, looked over the indictment and proceeded to include Messi for the three counts of tax evasion. It has been added that the crime itself greatly registered rational clues that the fraud was known by both individuals.
Last 2013, a “corrective payment” of £3.7m was afforded to the Spanish authorities after Messi and his father Jorge were charged. The Spanish Court has not specified a date for the case to be heard.
The striker, who is currently unable to play for FC Barcelona due to an injury and is set to be seen in action by late November, has received massive encouragement from his football team, reported ESPN FC.
The club had published this statement: “The club will continue to give its judicial, fiscal and administrative support to the family in this process.”
It was also mentioned in the article that Messi is expected to be in the witness stand during the trial in the Vilanova i la Geltru district in Barcelona.
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