#PanamaPapers: Mossack Fonseca’s El Savador office raided

Mossack Fonseca's office Panama ... Picture Credit: ABC Australia
Mossack Fonseca's office Panama ... Picture Credit: ABC Australia

Officials from the office of the attorney general in El Salvador have raided the local office of Mossack Fonseca and confiscated several documents and equipment, Al Jazeera is reporting.

The Panama-based law firm at the centre of the massive data leak the media has dubbed  the Panama Papers. 

The International Committee of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) coordinated investigations in at least 80 countries, exposing the shadowy offshore links of world leaders such as of Russian President Vladimir Putin and relatives of the prime ministers of Britain and Pakistan and the presidents of China and Ukraine.

Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, Iceland’s prime minister, was forced to quit office after an offshore  company, owned by he and his wife, was revealed.

Friday’s raid was personally supervised by Attorney General Douglas Melendez.

Mr. Melendez said the government decided to raid the offices after Mossack Fonseca removed its office sign late on Thursday, a move he claimed raised suspicions.

An employee of the law firm  later said the company was planning to move, the attorney general later tweeted.

The El Salvador office is not listed on Mossack Fonseca’s corporate website.
 
Although the officials seized about 20 computers, some documents and interviewed seven employees, no one was detained, Mr. Melendez said.

“At this moment we cannot speak about [any] crimes; all we can do at this moment is our job,” he said.

He said the government would analyse all the confiscated information and examine its financial, accounting and legal aspects to see if any law has been broken.
 
Mr Melendez said it appears Mossack Fonseca office in the country was helping to process information for clients worldwide. 

Governments across the world have begun investigating possible financial wrongdoing by the rich and powerful after the leak of more than 11.5 million documents from the law firm that span four decades.

Activists in Nigeria have frowned at the silence and inaction of the Nigerian government despite revelations that the senate president, Bukola Saraki, and his predecessor, David Mark, own offshore compnies in clear violation of the country’s laws. 


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  • clairvoyance

    President Buhari why the silence on the #Panamapapers what is your government doing to investigate and prosecute the names already mentioned. Chile’s and other government of the World have started investigating the biggest information leaks in recent history why the silence Mr Buhari.

    • duwdu

      Mehn, the hands of the investigation agencies are virtually full at the moment. Nevertheless, I kinda believe those agencies will get to examine these leaks as soon they can.

      The President has much bigger fish to fry at the moment (the economy, the budget, infrastructure, national security, etc.) In any case, the President is not supposed to dabble into this Fonseca leaks at this stage – at least not directly, otherwise some would start jumping up and down, shouting that the President is micro managing the anti-graft agencies.

      Also, do not let us overlook the fact that it took the investigating newspaper houses more than one year of intense work and collaboration between them in different parts of the world, before they were able to authoritatively come out with their expose. So, expect action from the Nigerian side to take some time still.

      Good luck, fellow Nigerians, as we hunt down those who squandered our common patrimony they never worked for, and bastardized our society in the process!

      P34c3
      …..

      • Julius

        I agreed !

    • Ochon

      Who told you buhari is not guilty of this crime as well. They only selected the names of their enemies for gullible Nigerians to talk. I bet you if the do a wholistic exposition of those Nigerians complicit in this tax heaven gate you would prefer to stone both past and present government in power. Sure one day this can of worms will be opened for you all to see and very sure pdp will only bit apc by an insignificant margin if not otherwise.

  • Prophet

    The prime minister of Iceland resigned when it became known he had an offshore company.
    Saraki and his whole family have been caught red handed but even if you show the useless man a video of him stealing money, the useless thing will still refuse to resign.

    He is out their talking about his opponents trying to use the back door to install their own Senate President. Someone should ask him what door he used in getting to that position. Ole!