Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BREAKING: Messi sentenced to 21 months imprisonment over Tax Fraud.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and his father Jorge Horacio Messi in court on 2 June 2016 in Barcelona, SpainImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionLionel Messi and his father (here in court in June) denied fraud but their defence was rejected by the court
Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud.

His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.
They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.
However, neither man is expected to serve time in jail.
Under the Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona leaves the courthouse on 2 June 2016 in Barcelona, SpainImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe court case attracted an enormous amount of press and popular attention
The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday's ruling by the court in Barcelona.
As well as the jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m "corrective payment", equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.
The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court.

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