In Panama detained the founders of the law firm Mossack Fonseca, appeared last spring in the center of a scandal in connection with the publication of documents from the archives of the company, which became the basis for extensive investigations of journalists about the offshore accounts of a number of large officials and businessmen around the world. The detention of Ramon Fonseca and Jurgen Mossaka followed a few hours later after they were charged of involvement in the Lava Jato case, the biggest corruption scheme in Brazil, informs NEWSru.com.
The detainees were taken to the police station.
Before Panamanian prosecutors have raided the offices of Mossack Fonseca.
The supervisors were looking for a possible connection MossFon with the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. It is anticipated that the company bribed officials in Panama and other countries to obtain government contracts in the region from 2010 to 2014.
Fonseca previously denied any connection of his firm with Odebrecht. «Mossack Fonseca has no relation neither to it, nor any other company involved in the Lava Jato,» said the founder of the Panamanian law firm, referring to the company involved in the so-called Lava Jato case, the center of which was the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras.
Also, Fonseca claimed that the Panamanian authorities are using it to «divert attention». He accused the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela live receiving money from the company Odebrecht. «He told me that he had taken donations from Odebrecht, because you can’t fight with everyone,» said Fonseca.
Varela himself has denied the information that took money from the largest Brazilian companies. The President has promised to reveal on Friday, February 10th, all donations to his political campaign.
In March 2016, ex-President of the construction company Odebrecht , Marcelo Odebrecht was sentenced to 19 years and four months in prison for corruption, money laundering and participation in criminal community. Odebrecht as the largest construction company in South America, was one of the main contractors of Petrobras.
Investigating high-profile corruption case commenced in 2014.
The investigators believe that top managers of oil company Petrobras, which since 2003 to 2010 former President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has signed with contractors contracts, deliberately overstating the amount of and bribing politicians. The Petrobras case eventually led to the impeachment of Rousseff.
In January 2017, the Prosecutor’s office of Panama has suspended the investigation into the leak of documents Mossack Fonseca because of the complaint submitted to the constitutional court. The Complainant felt that the investigators violate the Constitution of Panama. It was noted that the investigation will not be conducted until then, until the constitutional court will consider the complaint.
Mossack Fonseca was at the center of the scandal in the spring of 2016. The international consortium of investigative journalism (ICIJ) 3 APR 2016 released excerpts from 11.5 million documents from the archive MossFon with data on offshore accounts of its clients. In the press this leak is called «the Panama document» (Panama Papers), or «Panama records».
From the archive showed that Mossack Fonseca had helped clients launder money to avoid sanctions and tax evasion. In the published documents was the names of current and former world leaders, cultural figures and athletes. After a leak in a number of countries, was launched investigation on the basis of data contained in the dossier.
The founders of the company Mossack Fonseca detained in Panama 11.02.2017