Prosecutors investigating an alleged €4.1 million tax fraud by Barça’s Lionel Messi say they will drop demands for a 21-month prison sentence.
Instead, Messi would face a fine of just over €250,000 if found guilty.
Last Thursday, the prosecutor’s office told Barcelona’s Provincial Court that if this is unacceptable, they would agree for the sentence to be suspended for three years. By Dave Jamieson THE FOUNDATION which manages the estate of Salvador Dalí says it will contest a court decision to exhume his body for a DNA test. A judge in Madrid made the ruling last week in a case brought by a Gerona woman who claims the artist, who died in 1989, was her father.
Pilar Abel Martínez claims that her mother and Dalí had a brief affair in 1955, leading to her birth in 1956, by which time her mother had moved away and married another man. However, she says that both her mother and grandmother have told her in recent years that Dalí was her biological father.
The 61-year-old, known as Jasmine to local TV viewers in Gerona where she appears on screens as a tarot card reader, has received publicity in Spain and abroad for her claims.
She is reported to have undergone two paternity tests in 2007 but never received the results.
Last week’s ruling orders the court in the Catalan town of Figueres, where Dalí is buried, to have samples from his remains sent to the National Toxicology and Forensic Science Institute. Reports suggest that this could take place as soon as July.
However, in a statement on Monday, the Dalí Foundation in Figueres said it is “preparing an appeal to oppose this exhumation which will be lodged in the coming days”.
It added that its lawyers are working on the appeal in coordination with the state prosecutor.
Salvador Dalí died in January 1989, aged 84, and left his es- tate to the Spanish state, against which Abel is presently taking action.
If she is confirmed as his descendent, she could lay claim to part of the estate, although legal experts say she would have to do so through a request to the courts.
Pilar Abel, who claims she is the artist's daughter, outside the Dalí museum