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ICIJ: Panama Papers to reveal more secrets

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

After a week of intrigue and accusations, the deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Marina Walkerm, announced yesterday that the Panama Papers scandal keeps more secrets, reports Cuba’s Prensa Latina ( PL ) news agency.

As it is known, the ICIJ published 11.5 million documents of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which unleashed an international scandal over offshore accounts and which still keeps many secrets.

According to statements by Walkerm the ICIJ will continue to publish the documents, because not everything is uncovered yet and “perhaps the most important thing has not yet been revealed”.

Such revelations involving world leaders, businessmen and celebrities, and their impact surprised the investigative journalists, who agree that they knew that this was valuable information, but never imagined it would cause so much public interest.

To date Panama Papers scandal has caused the resignation of the prime minister of Iceland, the resignation of an official of the Union of European Football Associations and has left on a delicate position British Prime Minister David Cameron, Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Jose Manuel Soria, Minister of Industry of Spain.

Yesterday Cameron made statements in which provided the details of his incomes and taxes for the years 2009-2015, after were known the benefits he received from an investment made by his father, Ian, in a tax haven.

The failure in trying to involve Russian President Vladimir Putin in the scandal also hit the headlines yesterday.

The truth is that no region of the world escaped the scandal and in Dominican Republic, for example, the secretary general of the Organisation of American States, Luis Almagro, considered a grave deal that Latin American politicians appear in the leaked documents.

Among the reactions, members of the ICIJ ensure that research is strong enough, comprehensive and detailed to generate reforms, although they will not be radical or total, because in the end people can not be naive and believe that tax havens will cease to exist.

- Bernama

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