Spain: Messi leaves High Court after hearing on tax evasion charge

Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi left Barcelona's High Court, Wednesday, after addressing charges of tax evasion in what was expected to be the final part of a three-day hearing.
So far, the professional football player has been claiming ignorance about a contract believed to show evidence of tax evasion. Messi's lawyer stated that he has never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing contracts before signing them. In August last year, the high court in Barcelona ruled that they would not grant Messi immunity on these grounds.
Messi's father Jorge has also been accused of defrauding Spain by concealing image rights earnings from 2007 to 2009. Although the charges make both men liable for 22 months in prison, it is unlikely that they will face jail as sentences of under two years are usually suspended in Spain for first time offenders.

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