Panama raids Mossack Fonseca property, seizes shredded papers

  • Reuters, Panama City
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2016 12:39 IST
A policeman stand outside the office of Mossack Fonseca law firm during a raid by organised crime prosecutors. (AP)

Panamanian investigators on Friday raided a property used by Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of a leak of offshore financial data, removing bags full of shredded documents as evidence, a local prosecutor said.

“We have secured a large amount of evidence found in the location,” said organised crime investigator Javier Caraballo. He said they also found many shredded papers, which they removed as evidence.

Leaks from the Panama-based law firm, dubbed the “Panama Papers,” have embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy world of offshore companies.

Mossack Fonseca, which specialises in setting up offshore companies, has said it broke no laws, destroyed no documents, and all its operations were legal.

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 firm.

The papers have revealed financial arrangements of prominent figures, including friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, relatives of the prime ministers of Britain and Pakistan and of China’s President Xi Jinping, and the president of Ukraine.

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