Argentine president Macri’s Panama Papers scandal


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From Argentina: Panama Papers Implicate Mauricio Macri

5 April 2016

Argentine head of state, Mauricio Macri is top of the list of Latin American leaders implicated in hiding money abroad. For more now on the situation surrounding the Argentine president, we go to our correspondent Laureano Ponce in Buenos Aires.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

President of Argentina investigated about Panama Papers

Today, 18:10

The prosecutor in Argentina has submitted a request for a criminal investigation into President Mauricio Macri. This is because of the so-called Panama Papers, Argentine media report, including the Buenos Aires Herald, Ambito and La Nacion.

In the documents, the president is listed as director of the company Fleg Trading Ltd, which was registered in the Bahamas. The company existed between 1998 and 2009.

The prosecution and opposition politicians in the Argentine parliament want to know exactly what his role was at the company.

Illegal?

The Panamanian company Mossack Fonseca has helped many wealthy people around the world with the diversion of funds to tax havens such as the Bahamas.

To do that offshore companies were created, which are often used for illegal activities such as money laundering and tax evasion.

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    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    HUNDREDS of protesters rallied in Buenos Aires’s Plaza de Mayo on Thursday night to demand the resignation of Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

    The demonstrators outside the presidential palace vented anger at Mr Macri’s failure to disclose his directorship of an offshore shell company in the Bahamas — revealed in this week’s Panama Papers leak.

    The conservative president, whose election last November ended 12 years of left-wing government, did not register his interest in now-defunct Fleg Trading during his eight years as head of the Buenos Aires city government.

    The company was set up by his family in the 1990s to make investments in Brazil. It was wound up in 2009.

    On Thursday, federal prosecutor Federico Delgado asked a judge for authorisation to investigate Mr Macri, a precursor to formal charges.

    Mr Delgado argued that an investigation was necessary to find out whether Mr Macri had “maliciously” omitted his role in the two offshore companies from his annual tax declarations.

    As the protest raged outside, Mr Macri, the son of Italian-born tycoon Francisco Macri, denied any wrongdoing and repeated his claim that he had never been paid for his directorship.

    He also announced plans for a blind trust to independently manage his enormous wealth during his increasingly shaky-looking presidency.

    Meanwhile, Panamanian Ramon Fonseca, a partner with German Jurgen Mossack in the law firm at the heart of the scandal, offered an explanation for the mysterious shortage of US names in the leaks.

    Despite his children being educated in the US, Mr Fonseca claimed that, “as a policy, we prefer not to have American clients.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e91d-Argentina-Protesters-target-Macri-over-cash-stashed-offshore#.Vwp6VHra44A

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