#PanamaPapers: Head of Transparency International in Chile resigns


The president of the Chilean chapter of Transparency International has resigned after he was alleged to be involved with secret offshore companies exposed in the #PanamaPapers.

Though Gonzalo Delaveau was not accused of any wrongdoing, the leaks throw some doubts into his role as the head of an organization that spearheads openness in government and highlights corporate corruption.

“We are deeply troubled by what has happened with the Chair of our chapter in Chile,” José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

“At Transparency International we stand for transparency and integrity above all else and once we learned of Delaveau’s involvement with secret companies, our International Board began the process of suspending the chapter before possible dis-accreditation. With Delaveau’s resignation, our Board decided to halt its efforts to sanction the chapter.”

Mr. Delaveau resigned after his name was linked to no fewer than five offshore companies.

“While Delaveau is not reportedly accused of illegal activity, and he may be able to explain his activities, for us that is not the point,” Mr. Ugaz wrote.

“Not all secret companies are illegal, but many are used to hide money flows and to support acts of corruption. As we said yesterday in a press release about the Panama Papers investigation: Transparency International wants public registers of all companies’ beneficial owners to make it harder for the corrupt to hide their illicit wealth in secret companies and trusts that use nominees to register ownership.”

Mr. Delaveau resignation came after after Chile’s tax authority announced it would begin investigations into Chileans mentioned in the Panama Papers.


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  • Citizen Bayo

    Is Premium Times serious at all? There is no light, no water, no petrol in Nigeria. See what Premium Times is doing!

    Instead of facing the real issue of President Buhari’s incompetence inside Nigeria, Premium Times goes to Chile.

    Is Nigeria near Chile? Why this junketing all over the place. Muhamadu Buhari and Premium Times are the same.

    Instead of facing the problem at home, they do globe-trotting. On Sunday President Buhari too is going to China.

    If Premium Times is in Chile, and President Buhari is in China, who is in charge of our national interest in Nigeria?

    • soyo

      You talk with so much ignorance, naivety soaked in mischief and shamelessness. U mean the only message you could pick from this wonderful news was the out-of-context rubbish u posted above? And you will want people to believe you went to school, and probably graduated or something. And u called yourself “citizen”. What type of citizen from the pit of hell are you? It’s obvious you are completely ignorant of the harm done to this country by CORRUPTION in the last 16yrs. Perhaps u are one chump that can’t discern the good from the bad. Your senate president was mentioned in certain roguish and corrupt activities, and he has refused to yield to calls to step aside to clear his name, but in other climes, resignations have been flying here and there. And you are here calling yurself yeye citizen. OLE!

    • Ajantala

      Unfortunately your ignorance or lack of deep thinking could not make you see the direct connection between large scale corruption and malfeasance by public officers in Nigeria and all the ills (no light, no water, no petrol) you cited as the “real issue” you want the president to tackle. Without making examples of the big thieves like your lord the senate president, little and trancient progress would continue to be made in solving the perenial problems of “no light, no water and no petrol” in Nigeria.

    • Nwokolo

      You have no light because PDP and weak Ex President GEJ sold our priced power infrastructure for peanuts to IDIOTS!!! The worst privitization ever. Tufiakwa!

  • McAlfred Uta

    So Chile is more honurable than Nigeria? Here in Nigeria we don’t resign until the case lands in and is finally settled by the Supreme Court against the culprit, then there will be no alternative than to leave albeit ignominiously.

  • Silentlamb

    99.9% of offshore accounts are used for hiding corruption money, stolen by government officials .So the funds won’t be taken away or found out when accused of corruption in their country. Why do you think this type of account is for???? All of that is money robbed from the coffers of countries that marginalized their people. People that these governments extort on a daily bases. These government officials all are corrupt. They have NO morals, no integrity,no scruples, no conscience, No character at all. They are the lowest of the low. I feel for the women that these fools are married to. How they must be cheated on.

  • Kevin Peter

    Do we really have Nigerians with good conscience that can resign when issues like this crept up? I’ve never heard of one yet.

  • Ojeleye Iyiola

    Can the Nigeria ‘crimates’ follow suit?

  • Dele Ajayi

    Corruption mustnotwin