Officials of countries deny allegations in 'Pandora Paper'

Officials in several countries reacted after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), in collaboration with about 150 investigative newspapers, published the "Pandora Papers", containing a record-breaking volume of data related to overseas assets of billionaires, global politicians.

Officials of countries deny allegations in 'Pandora Paper'
Officials of countries deny allegations in 'Pandora Paper'

On October 4, the Jordanian Royal Family said that it is not a secret that King Abdullah II of this country owns many properties in the US and UK, and stressed that for privacy and security reasons, it is not disclosed. this property number. King Abdullah II is one of the big figures named in the "Pandora Papers" when accused of owning luxury homes worth more than $100 million in the UK and US.

On the same day, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis denied allegations in the "Pandora Papers" that he used an overseas company to buy a property in France worth $22 million. The leader insisted that his actions were within the framework of the law.

Similarly, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera also denied any allegations related to the sale of the Minera Dominga copper and iron mine in the British Virgin Islands outlined in the "Pandora Papers". The Chilean president's office insists Pinera has not run his companies for 12 years and was not informed of the sale of Minera Dominga's mines.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin also called what was stated in the "Pandora Papers" as "groundless accusations". Earlier, commenting on the publication of the "Pandora Dossier", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova quoted the Guardian newspaper as saying that the ICIJ's investigation shows that the US is also one of the "big tax havens". Best".

She said that the US intends to make the fight against corruption a key national security mission. This issue was also mentioned in the National Security Research Memorandum on the fight against corruption announced by US President Joe Biden on June 4.

The "Pandora file", published by the ICIJ on October 3, includes about 11.9 million documents in various forms, from text to digital data, leaked from 14 banking institutions and translation companies. financial services abroad. With 2.94 terabytes of data, the "Pandora Profile" highlights more than 330 politicians and 130 billionaires named on Forbes' list of the world's richest people, along with many celebrities, royalty and leaders. religious religion.

The dossier also exposes many fraudsters and drug lords who seek to disperse their assets to tax havens abroad. According to the "Pandora Papers", the powerful, instead of being able to help clean up the system of "tax havens" abroad, benefit from them through front companies or trusts. This is considered the largest leak in recent years compared to the "Panama Papers" (2016) and the "Paradise Papers" (2017).

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