Washington. An international body of investigative journalists has made a sensational disclosure after reviewing about 12 million files found from 14 companies around the world. Hundreds of world leaders, billionaires, celebrities, Investments of religious leaders and people involved in drug trade have been uncovered through havelis, special beach properties, yachts and other properties that were hidden for the past 25 years. This report has been named ‘Pandora Papers’.
‘Pandora Papers’ has been prepared with the help of 600 journalists from 150 media organizations in 117 countries. Through this, information has been received about the money kept hidden by influential and corrupt people. It has also been told how these people used accounts abroad to hide illegal assets worth thousands of billions of dollars.
Names of these foreign leaders included
The more than 330 current and former leaders identified as beneficiaries of these secret accounts include King Abdullah II of Jordan, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrzej Babis, President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso. Apart from this, aides of both Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are included.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II bought houses worth more than $100 million
Preliminary results of a review of documents released on Sunday paint a grim picture of the key people involved. For example, investigators learned that advisers to Jordan’s King Abdullah II helped him set up at least three dozen shell companies from 1995 to 2017. With the help of this, he bought 14 houses in the US and UK worth more than $ 100 million. The Jordanian royal family did not immediately comment in this regard.
Names of close friends of Imran and Putin also included
According to the investigation of journalists, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is not accused of any wrongdoing in this case, but many close associates of Khan, including Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Fayaz Ahmed Tareen, have been accused of millions through shell companies or trusts. Accused of hiding dollar assets. Khan tweeted that his government would investigate all citizens mentioned in the documents and take action if required. The report also includes the name of Konstantin Ernest, the chief executive of a leading TV station from Russia and Vladimir Putin’s aide.
Tony Blair’s name also included
The investigation said that Tony Blair became the owner of a $ 8.8 million building in Victoria in 2017 by buying a company in the British Virgin Islands and now the building is owned by his wife Cherie Blair. Both bought the company from the family of Zayed bin Rashid al-Jayani, Minister of Industry and Tourism of Bahrain. The families of both Blair and Al Zayani said that neither party was initially aware of the other’s involvement in the deal.
Address of such accounts
Documents in the ‘Pandora Papers’ include documents from the 1970s, but most documents are from 1996 to 2020. In contrast, the Panama Papers containing 2.6 terabytes of data was leaked by the now defunct law firm Mossack Fonseca. This company was based in Panama and hence the name Panama Papers. The latest investigation has traced registered accounts in places considered safe for concealed tax evasion, including the British Virgin Islands, Seychelles, Hong Kong and Belize. But some secret accounts are also linked to trusts established in the US, including 81 in South Dakota and 37 in Florida.