- A leak of confidential documents has revealed how some individuals may have used tax havens to hide their wealth.
- Millions of documents have been leaked
- They show how Law Firm Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.
- They show links to 72 current or former heads of state in the data, including dictators accused of looting their own countries.
- The data contains secret offshore companies linked to the families and associates of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.
- They have been passed to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and they have been shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. BBC Panorama is among 107 media organisations in 78 countries which have been analysing the documents.
- A suspected billion-dollar money laundering ring that was run by a Russian bank and involved close associates of President Putin.
Mossack Fonseca says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and never been accused or charged with criminal wrong-doing, it has always complied with international protocols to ensure the companies they incorporate are not used for tax evasion, money-laundering, terrorist finance or other illicit purposes : “If we detect suspicious activity or misconduct, we are quick to report it to the authorities. Similarly, when authorities approach us with evidence of possible misconduct, we always cooperate fully with them.”
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