The trial of singer Shakira opens in Barcelona on Monday, November 20. Justice accuses him of tax fraud of nearly 14.5 million euros for not having paid his taxes between 2012 and 2014.
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With our correspondent in Barcelona, Elise Gazengel
Shakira returns to Barcelona on Monday, but this time it is in the dock at the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia that the Colombian singer will appear for the opening of her tax fraud trial.
Justice accuses her of not having declared her income and assets between 2012 and 2014 while she resided with her ex-partner, footballer Gérard Piqué, in the Catalan capital. For that, she faces up to eight years and two months in prison and a fine of 23.5 million euros.
But the artist refutes the fraud, ensuring that she did not live full time in Spain and this is what the trial will have to demonstrate. 117 witnesses – from the driver to the beautician and even the star’s neighbors – will be called to the stand until mid-December.
Unless a last minute arrangement is found between the singer’s lawyers and the prosecution. If there is an agreement, Shakira will still have to admit the fraud to the judges and pay a substantial fine before returning home, now to Miami.