World in a commotion because of the “Panama Papers”
Confidential analyzes more than ten thousand documents related to Nicaragua signed Mossak-Fonseca in the Panama Papers
Confidential journalist, Arlen Cerda, revealed in the edition of Monday’s program Tonight, that the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had communication with various Nicaraguan firms seeking to establish links with them (including the case of former President Arnoldo Aleman). The responses of the latter to the signatures, including all the information extracted from the data released on Sunday, are included in a report which tells you how much Nicaragua is involved in this story of creating paper companies, fraud, bribery and use of tax havens.
“It’s a mega database of leaked documents that consist of11.5 million files to give you an idea, they are 46 times larger than the leak of Wikileaks that upended the world five years ago,” said Cerda. Mossack Fonseca has been branded as “the greatest frontmen platform in Latin America and a money machine.” But they are not alone.
It all started with a database given to journalists of the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. A database that a year ago was shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that then gave access to 370 journalists from nearly 100 countries, including Arlen Cerda of Confidential .
In Tonight she explained that there is a work schedule specifying the order in which the findings of each media outlet that has dived into the digital files including photos, emails, accounts, and contracts to be issued. There is also, among journalists, a secret exchange of information and clues. In Nicaragua we found at least ten thousand entries, which are few compared to those of Venezuela, that border the 240 mil.
It is uniting millions of scattered pieces. Confidential is still in the process of analyzing them. More so far undiscovered scandals will be revealed, confessed Cerda.
The controversy of Mossack Fonseca, and a swing of anomalies, is a key fact in journalism. On the way to do it. “Having been trained as journalists with this scoop as fundamental as this one, sometimes they do not want to release it, I think we are entering a new stage,” she stressed to the director of the Media Observatory, Guillermo Rothschuh.
Arlen Cerda, meanwhile, said “research is not only historic for the number of documents that were leaked and is the largest to date, but is also a milestone because it is the largest global collaboration of journalists it has been done so far. ”
Icelandic Prime Minister David Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, is the character so far most shaken by the data leak. He used an offshore firm to cover millions of dollars in investments during the financial crisis.
Discontent was immediate. Monday, during a demonstration demanding the resignation of the official, thousands of Icelanders outside of parliament threw eggs and yogurts. Sunday Gunnlaugsson left an interview in which he was questioned about the shell company he created with his wife. Protesters accused him of being a traitor and demanded his resignation.
In Argentina, the opposition has charged against President Mauricio Macri family and football star Lionel Messi as he came to his defense.
Mexico, Spain, Chile, begin to research while Panama offered to start their inquiries. The government regretted that the world identifies the country with this scandal.
” I would rather call it The Mossack-Fonseca papers”, instead of the journalistic revelation, known as the papers of Panama, said the Central American country ‘s ambassador in Madrid, Maria Mercedes in Guard Corró, EFE reports today.
“These are not the Panama papers. These are the roles of an actor in a global industry, many of whose users are decent people seeking discretion, not opacity, “said the diplomat.
This firm, founded in Panama, has offices in 42 countries and twenty companies registered in jurisdictions worldwide, De la Guardia, who said she recalled: “In the first instance, it is about the clientele of an office; second, about the use that the customer may have given the companies registered through this”.
The Panamanian diplomat regretted that his country “has taken the brunt” in a matter of image, although only 20 percent of companies investigated more than 200,000 were actually registered in Panama .
If positively analyzed, according to the ambassador, this “scandal” will help all measures taken by Panama to improve the transparency of service sectors “to ensure they are implemented faster and harder”.
Mossack Fonseca has had no more to apologize to customers for the exhibition and the thrashing of public opinion.
Are almost four decades of confidential information, it is no longer more than 214,000 ghosts and personalities from at least 21 countries involved in the scandal societies.
Central Americans involved in “Panama Papers”
In 2009 in Guatemala, the Panamanian firm sold a company and offered services to a group of people who had a criminal record and ties to publicly known financial scandals in both countries. This is the company that was headed by the Guatemalan Marllory Chacon Rossel, who was later identified as the most active money launderer in Guatemala and leader of a cell of the Sinaloa cartel.
In a report published by Univision News, and reproduced by several Guatemalan media, highlighted that although at the time of the creation of the company is not publicly known of the illicit activities of Chacon, a simple investigation would have enabled the firm;s attorneys to learn that two other members of the company were dragged into legal problems.
However, the alert that Mossack Fonseca had to face a possible leak of drug trafficking interests did not come from its internal office of laundering prevention, but the US government in 2012 identified Chacon as the leader of a narco group It was operating in Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.
In Costa Rica, the enourmous data leak known as the Panama papers were investigated by the Semanario University and the site www.ameliarueda.com .
“The naked data release exposes the enormous legal, economic, intellectual and logistical effort made by a group of politicians, businessmen and bankers from Costa Rica to transfer their capital abroad, make domestic tax advantages and circumvent the maximum payment of taxes in Costa Rican territory” said the Semanario Universidad.
In the information appears to indicate that deputy Otto Guevara, of the Libertarian Movement, who has blocked a vote on a bill against tax fraud and was the notary who recorded the subsidiary Mossack Fonseca in San Jose in July 1989.
Guevara said that the incident occurred 23 years ago and could not remember who recorded the associates and partners. “I do not know (a Mossack Fonseca),” he said.
Among the companies cited, the now defunct tuna canning company, Borda Azul also appears, as well as the president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, Hermes Navarro (1999-2006) and the Cuban-American Ted Brink. This tuna processor installed a shell company in the British Virgin Islands that served to falsify exports and get monetary incentives granted by the government to exporters.
Meanwhile, in El Salvador, the digital newspaper El Faro reported that “more than 220 offshore companies were created under the umbrella of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, between 2000 and 2015 worked at least 33 Salvadoran clients” to transactions outside the control of the authorities.