Messi handed 21 months jail sentence for tax fraud

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FILE: Lionel Messi celebrating

FILE: Lionel Messi celebrating

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.

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 against via the Spanish supreme court.



7 Responses to Messi handed 21 months jail sentence for tax fraud

  1. Warning shots for The Post who want to ride on sympathy. Paying tax in developed countries is serious business.

    Shot Put
    July 6, 2016 at 6:04 pm

  2. To bad for my player may the well wishes pay for messi to come out in jail please napapata mweshikulu Jesus Christ we are going to lose him in action of ball.

    July 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm

  3. I hope M’membe has heard this

    mj banda
    July 6, 2016 at 8:33 pm

  4. guys let us think twice how many companies that ownes zra?tax revenues znbc had k766million,dairy mail,times of zambia,mines etc,my question is which company that as no debt,if so then treat post the way you want.

    July 7, 2016 at 7:16 am

  5. this is just a tragic thing that does not need mr lungu in power. i thnink we need change.

    July 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  6. The figure $53m is incorrect once corrected fred will settle you idiots

    July 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm

  7. i hope membe got the news.

    grizzy the pf high IQ gee
    July 19, 2016 at 8:37 am

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