Tax fraud

Costa Levante News - - SPANISH NEWS -

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.

Photo: EFE

Pi­lar Abel, who claims she is the artist's daugh­ter, out­side the Dalí mu­seum

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