Radio Havana Cuba | Panama warns of Pandora’s Papers, another corruption scandal

The Pandora Papers investigation was conducted by 600 journalists from 117 countries.

Panama, Oct. 2 (RHC) Reported a letter published about the Panamanian government’s request to a group of international journalists preparing an investigation into corporate finances, which could include Panama.

The letter, dated September 16, was signed by Eric Connolly, attorney at the law firm Benesch, Fridlander, Coplan & Aronoff Llp, based in Chicago, United States, and on behalf of the Isthmus Executive offered to discuss the investigation involving law firms in Panama.

The recipients of the letter are Brenda Medina and Emilia Diaz, of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the goal was to reach out to the government for the latter to expose the country’s progress in matters of financial oversight.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which shook the world in 2016 with the revelations of the Panama Papers (Panama Papers), announced on Saturday that it will reveal tomorrow at 12:30 local time the results of the investigations baptized as the Pandora Papers, conducted by 600 journalists. out of 117 countries.

In its Twitter campaign, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists confirmed that they have been secretly uncovering groundbreaking stories hidden in a treasure trove of more than 11.9 million leaked documents.

Faced with the prospect of “slandering” the country once again through documents linked to law firms that have offices in this capital, Connolly noted the “enormous negative consequences for the country, which still exist today,” deriving from the published Panama Papers investigation. in 2016.

He cautioned on behalf of the government that ‘this defamatory label has persisted’ that ‘regardless of the perception ICIJ had about Panama in 2016, in terms of due diligence requirements and oversight of law firms, there is none. Like Panama today.

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The lawyer’s note made it clear that his client respects press freedom and does not intend to block any journalistic investigation, “just to ensure that ICIJ has accurate information before it is published,” which was made available to members who make up the coalition.

Any future publication that promotes this misperception or such defamatory name will have dire consequences for Panama and its people. The letter concluded that this time the damage may be insurmountable to a country just recovering from the pandemic and one of the hardest hit economies in the region.

The country appears on the blacklist of the Financial Action Task Force and the European Union, which has immediate actions on the relationship of local banks with their correspondents in the world, and despite the efforts of the current administration to enforce the regulations, it indicates a lack of cooperation to confront criminal acts (source:PL)

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