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Lionel Messi to be tried in Spain on tax fraud charges

AFP , Thursday 8 Oct 2015
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, is treated after suffering an injury, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Las Palmas at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (AP)
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Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday.

In a court filing, the judge in charge of the case rejected the request of the public prosecutor to try only the footballer's father.

The pair were accused in 2013 of defrauding the taxman out of 4.16 million euros ($4.69 million) in taxes related to Messi's image rights between 2007 and 2009 through the creation of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay.

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