In what looks to be the biggest financial data leak in history, a Panama law firm has exposed alleged illegal financial activities of some of the world’s most powerful people.
The documents reportedly provide information on current and former leaders, as well as celebrities and others who have looted billions of dollars, evaded taxes and dodged sanctions with the help of shell firms abroad.
Some of the companies were purportedly linked to prominent African politicians with a former Delta state governor, James Ibori, who is currently serving time in a UK jail.
At the world level, prime ministers of Iceland, Pakistan, the Saudi King, presidents of Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, the father of the British prime minister, the family of Azerbaijan’s president, cousins of the Syrian president and a close friend of the Russian president, all made the list.
The world’s best soccer player, Lionel Messi, is also found in the documents. The records show Messi and his father were owners of a Panama company: Mega Star Enterprises Inc.
Popular actor, Jackie Chan was also named.
The leaked data covers nearly 40 years, from 1977 through to the end of 2015.
It allows a never-before-seen view inside the offshore world — providing a day-to-day, decade-by-decade look at how dark money flows through the global financial system, breeding crime and stripping national treasuries of tax revenues.
See the full list of people involved HERE