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Investigators visit Panama Papers law firm's office

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Protesters hold placards featuring portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron near the regional head office of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca in Hong Kong, yesterday, as they demand taxes on the rich.


Panamanian prosecutors have visited the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm to look into its allegations that a computer hacker was behind the leak of a trove of financial documents about tax havens the firm set up to benefit influential people around the globe.

Public ministry spokeswoman Sandra Sotillo said the Monday visit to the offices of Mossack Fonseca was made by investigators from the intellectual property prosecutor's office.

The firm filed a complaint charging the security breach shortly before media reports appeared last week using the documents to detail how politicians, celebrities and companies around the globe were hiding assets in offshore bank accounts and anonymous shell companies.

"Finally the real criminals are being investigated," firm co-founder Ramon Fonseca said in a message to The Associated Press.