Singer Shakira in The Dock Over Tax Fraud Case

Colombian singer Shakira is set to go on trial for tax fraud, with Spanish prosecutors seeking a jail term of over eight years. In a report on Nigeria News today, it was stated that the singer appeared in court in Barcelona on Monday, where she faced the trial. The case focuses on Shakira's time in Spain between 2012 and 2014, with Spanish authorities claiming she spent more than half of that period in Spain and should have paid taxes. Shakira claims she moved to Spain after her relationship with former FC Barcelona star defender Gerard Pique became public in 2011 but maintained official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015. The prosecution alleged that Shakira used a set of companies based in tax havens with the intention of not paying taxes in Spain. The trial is expected to run until December 14, with nearly 120 witnesses expected to testify. Shakira's private life details will likely emerge during the proceedings, as Spanish prosecutors conducted a meticulous investigation. The case follows a leak of financial documents in October 2021, known as the "Pandora Papers," which revealed the wealth and tax avoidance strategies of the global rich.