Judge insists Lionel Messi must face tax fraud charges
The legal investigations surrounding fraud allegations surrounding Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge, don’t seem to have any indications of disappearing any time soon, with the Argentine star remaining implicated and a judge insisting he remains a part of the court process.
A judge considering the court proceedings against Jorge Messi, for alleged tax fraud charges and money laundering, has rejected calls to leave Lionel Messi out of any forthcoming court hearings.
Although the prosecutors of the case and the state lawyers had suggested that any proceedings against Lionel Messi could be archived, a judge in Gavà, Barcelona, has rejected those calls.
“There is sufficient evidence that he could have known and consented, to the creation and maintenance of a fictitious corporate structure, which had the sole purpose of avoiding his tax oblications, from incomes generated by the exploitation of his image rights.”
Jorge Messi was always expected to appear in court, although he has always denied the charges raised himself and his son, suggesting they’re nothing but a smear campaign aimed at tarnishing their image. Prosecutors maintain that he is responsible for deliberately establishing companies with the sole purpose of avoiding taxes, whilst managing the finances of his son.
Having thought that he would avoid an appearance himself, Lionel Messi now looks set to be dragged through an ongoing, lengthy and undoubtedly very public legal case, with the judge handling the hearings insisting that both he and his father must stand trial.