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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

#BREAKING Lionel Messi, father get 21-month prison term in tax case; will avoid jail #HNNSports



A Barcelona court has found Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, guilty of three counts of tax fraud and has sentenced them to 21 months in prison -- although neither is likely to serve any jail time.

In a statement, the court also said that the sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court. Under Spanish law, a tax prison sentence under two years can be served under probation, meaning Messi and his father are unlikely to go to jail.

The court has also ordered Messi to pay a fine of about €2 million, while his father was dealt a €1.5m fine for the tax evasion.

The court had been hearing a case brought by prosecutors who maintain that Messi and his father, Jorge, used tax havens in Belize and Uruguay as well as shell companies in the U.K. and Switzerland to avoid paying taxes totalling €4.1m on earnings from image rights from 2007 to 2009.

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