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Spain SC confirms 21-month jail sentence, $2 mn fine to Messi in fraud case

Sentence may be suspended as is norm in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes

AFP | PTI  |  Madrid 

Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal. The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were in July 2016 found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09. The income related to Messi's image rights that were hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, ...

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First Published: Wed, May 24 2017. 22:10 IST
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