BREAKING: Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail

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Barcelona football icon , Lionel Messi, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud amounting to €4.1 million (MK3.2 billion). He has been jailed along with his father, Jorge Messi.

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Prosecutors said Messi and his father defrauded Spain of €4.1m 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 since the Spanish legal system allows convicts to serve probation for prison terms of under two years.

The five time Fifa World Player of the Year was found guilty together with his father 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.

Lionel Messi, who retired from international football last money insisted during trial that he “knew nothing” about the management of his financial affairs which were being managed by his father. The latter blamed their tax consultant.

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  1. lamulo laku Spain ngati munthu amugamula miyezi osakwana zaka ziwiri samapita kundende ndekuti Missi ndibambo ake sapita kukhala kundende chofunika kulipira ndalamazo basi,Messi amandisangalasa koma zosamapeleka misonkho kubomazi zikumuonongela mbiri ndipo wawonesa umunthu wake kuti ngosasangalasa wandikhumudwisa Messi,why the most paid footballer commitn such cs nooo Messi wazibwezela kumbuyokodi enanu mumangowerenga nkhani zapamalawi pokha,walakwisa chani amene wapanga post,nkhaniyo is on the media around the world ndimukumuyalusa munthu oti walondola ndipo uli ndiluso labwino kuyikaso mumakwacha kuti musavutike kumva.

  2. striker Leo Messi and his father have reportedly been handed a 21-month suspended-prison sentence for tax fraud and have been slapped with a fine of 3.7 million euros.

  3. The law hands are too long. Check the contracts agreements who drafted it, what did (s)he specically leave out. Tax calculations; how much, to who, when?

  4. Barcelona football icon , Lionel Messi, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud amounting to €4.1 million (MK3.2 billion). He has been jailed along with his father, Jorge Messi. No more thumbs up! Lionel Messi jailed Prosecutors said Messi and his father defrauded Spain of €4.1m 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 since the Spanish legal system allows convicts to serve probation for prison terms of under two years. The five time Fifa World Player of the Year was found guilty together with his father 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. Lionel Messi, who retired from international football last money insisted during trial that he “knew nothing” about the management of his financial affairs which were being managed by his father. The latter blamed their tax consultant.

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  6. Its a suspended sentence not a custodial one, so meaning its only his career that surfers a set back when he will not be allowed back on the pitch. Anyway, its a shame.

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  8. 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.

  9. K k k k koma chizungu? Ha ha ha baxi m’akondwera anzanu akamamangdwa? Tawelengani boboh palibe zomangdwa apa..they said they have suspended the sentence

  10. K k k k koma chizungu? Ha ha ha baxi m’akondwera anzanu akamamangdwa? Tawelengani boboh palibe zomangdwa apa..they said they have suspended the sentence

  11. It’s a suspended sentence B cuz they don’t ‘ve a criminal record.How ever they ‘ll pay huge fines.Wesley snipes was also jailed for 5years for everding tax.B cuz he had a criminal record he went straight to jail.

  12. kunakakhala kuno mukanamusiya cause ali ndi ndalama nde poti ndi kwa azungu chilungamo chaoneka#apa nde akamatuluka waku england basi welcome to english priemier league uKamaliza ukaidiwo

  13. kunakakhala kuno mukanamusiya cause ali ndi ndalama nde poti ndi kwa azungu chilungamo chaoneka#apa nde akamatuluka waku england basi welcome to english priemier league uKamaliza ukaidiwo

    • sikuti h wl b in jail its a suspended sentence h wil b on probation, azimenyaso mpira kma any ofence.wil land hm in jail in thc period

    • Take BREAKING: Spanish court sentences Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi to 21 months in prison, fines him 2 million euros for three tax crimes
      As the sentence is short of two years, and neither Lionel nor Jorge have a criminal record, they won’t be required to serve any jail time
      Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, but won’t spent any time behind bars.
      The Messis were found to have evaded tax on Lionel’s image rights, owing more than €4m in back payments, and the Court of Catalonia has sentenced the pair to just under two years in prison.
      However, as the sentence is short of two years, and neither Lionel nor Jorge have a criminal record, they won’t be required to serve any jail time.
      Leo Messi had argued that he wasn’t aware of the tax arrangements set in place by his father and other advisors, but the state attorney, Mario Maza, compared the player to a mafia boss, who has deniability on the illegal goings-on in his name, El Periodico notes.

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    • BREAKING: Spanish court sentences Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi to 21 months in prison, fines him 2 million euros for three tax crimes
      As the sentence is short of two years, and neither Lionel nor Jorge have a criminal record, they won’t be required to serve any jail time
      Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, but won’t spent any time behind bars.
      The Messis were found to have evaded tax on Lionel’s image rights, owing more than €4m in back payments, and the Court of Catalonia has sentenced the pair to just under two years in prison.
      However, as the sentence is short of two years, and neither Lionel nor Jorge have a criminal record, they won’t be required to serve any jail time.
      Leo Messi had argued that he wasn’t aware of the tax arrangements set in place by his father and other advisors, but the state attorney, Mario Maza, compared the player to a mafia boss, who has deniability on the illegal goings-on in his name, El Periodico notes.

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