On october 3, 2021, five years after the “panama papers“, the new investigation by the international Consortium of investigative Journalists (ICIJ), conducted in partnership with 150 international media, caused a global repercussion: after the leak of 11.9 million confidential documents on tax evasion, several thousand political and public figures and monarchs around the world were implicated: from King Abdullah II of Jordan to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, via Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis or Presidents Nicos Anastasiades (Cyprus) and Denis Sassou Nguesso (Republic of Congo), but also Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), or singers Julio Iglesias and Shakira among many others. ..
As the ICIJ points out, “these documents reveal that many powerful actors who could help end the offshore system have instead profited, hiding assets in secret companies and trusts while their governments do little to slow a global flow of illicit money that enriches criminals and impoverishes nations.”
What to give grist to the fight against money laundering and tax evasion…
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