Pandora Papers: 11.9 million documents to be released in new global revelation on tax havens

This Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Argentine time, it will be announced a new investigation on tax havens: the Pandora Papers, consisting of the publication of 11.9 million documents with information on offshore companies carried out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which involved 600 journalists from 150 media outlets from 117 countries around the world.

Is about the successor investigation of the Panama Papers -leaded by the same consortium of journalists-, which in April 2016 revealed 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which provided services to personalities from around the world -among them politicians and even presidents- to set up offshore companies in tax havens, mostly in Panama, in order to evade taxes. Among those involved was former President Mauricio Macri.

Shortly after knowing this new information leak, the government of Panama offered the ICIJ “a dialogue to provide critical facts” and accurate information, as revealed yesterday. In a letter – to which the EFE agency had access – the government asked the organization that “before continuing” with the investigation “on extraterritorial finance” it be taken into account “that the previous media coverage initiated by the ICIJ used a term false and defamatory that is to say, the ‘Panama Papers’ that caused great damage to Panama ”.

The letter adds that “the Government of Panama is determined to act so that this falsehood is not repeated by the ICIJ or any other means of communication”, and that “since 2015, the Government of Panama has made the fight against tax evasion and money laundering is a significant priority and has taken concrete steps to show that commitment, “which led to the suspension of” 395,415 out of 762,709 corporations and foundations out of their registry “during the past year.

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The letter comes from the law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, based in Chicago (USA) and representing President Laurentino Cortizo.

Macri and the Panama Papers

In the Panama Papers leak, the name of former President Mauricio Macri and other members of his family appeared as part of the board of directors of the offshore Fleg Trading Ltd. It is incorporated in the Bahamas.

Other names also appeared, such as the current mayor of Lanús, Néstor Grindetti; that of the CEO of Grupo Clarín, Héctor Magnetto; the pharmaceutical businessman, Alejandro Roemmers; and the former president of Boca Juniors, Daniel Angelici; among others.

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