Written by Tharushan Fernando
09 Apr, 2016 | 10:09 pm
The data leak that rocked the global community is still creating questions and have thrust various political and public figureheads into the spotlight, raising questions on off-shore companies and tax evasion.
It was reported that three Sri Lankan companies, with three clients and twenty two shareholders have been listed in the Panama Papers report.
Ajith P. Perera, the Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy commented on this situation while speaking in Bandaragama on Friday.
Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera noted that over 11 million documents from the Mossack Fonseca firm in Panama have been leaked and 2000 of those documents are pertaining to companies registered in the Seychelles.
“In the recent past, there was much interest in investing in the Seychelles”, he said and pointed out that banks were opened in the Seychelles with direct lines, and family members of the elected in the country commenced to have transactions with the Seychelles as well.
He added that 2000 leaked documents are related to companies registered in the Seychelles, and the people can understand why some went there in the first place – and the responsibility of uncovering these persons lies with the police in the country.
El Salvador’s state prosecutor’s office said on its Twitter account that the raid on the San Salvador offices of the firm, Mossack Fonseca, netted “a good amount of computer equipment”.
No arrests were made.
Authorities in El Salvador announced they had launched a probe to see if the Salvadorans identified in the Panama Papers reports had broken any law.
Reports said some 33 Salvadorans were named.
Hundreds have gathered outside Downing Street demanding the resignation of P.M Cameron. Mr Cameron has denied any wrongdoing, but has admitted that he could have handled the tax row better
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