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#PanamaPapers: Peru Officials Raid Mossack Fonseca’s Lima Office

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 12, 2016, 6:45 pm
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Panama City may at be the heart of the leak, but the #PanamaPapers are having a global impact — Lima and beyond (Wikimedia)

EspañolThe National Tax Administration of Peru (Sunat) and the National Police searched the Lima office of Mossack Fonseca — the company connected to the #PanamaPapers leak —  around noon earlier this week, according to Gestión.

The court-ordered search began after midday, when officials from both institutions entered the headquarters of the firm located in the San Isidro district of Lima in front of the Panama Embassy and a few blocks from the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Superintendence of Banks, Insurance and AFP.

The raid was carried out at the residence of Mónica de Ycaza Clerc, the legal council Mossack Fonseca in Perú. The level of diligence of the search was part of the investigation process, officials said, which comes with determining the possible existence of cases of evasion and tax fraud.

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Tax collector Percy Díaz explained that the raid involved the seizure of all documentation kept in bookkeeping, which would allow officials to carry out an exhaustive investigation that can verify possible connections with the Panama Papers case in Peru.

Attorney General Pablo Sánchez Velarde announced the possibility of launching a preliminary investigation into the case, which could bring to light the financial maneuverers of political and business figures, among others, that might have used the firm to create offshore tax havens.

Sources: Panamá América, Gestión

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.