Lopez Obrador says Mexican nationals in Pandora Papers needs to be investigated

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned on Monday he was in favor of investigating Mexican nationals who seem in a sequence of paperwork launched as a part of the so-called ‘Pandora Papers.’

Several main information organizations on Sunday revealed particulars from a large new leak of economic paperwork displaying heads of state, serving and former authorities officers, and enterprise leaders with stashes of offshore wealth.

The use of offshore firms is just not unlawful or by itself proof of wrongdoing, however information organizations within the consortium mentioned such transactions may very well be used to cover wealth from tax collectors and different authorities.

Some 3,000 Mexicans are named within the recordsdata.

Lopez Obrador swept to energy in 2018 by pledging to fight corruption in a nation affected by a historical past of rampant graft and impunity.

“There should be an investigation,” Lopez Obrador mentioned in response to questions over the Pandora Papers in his every day information convention.

Communications Minister Jorge Arganis seems within the Pandora Papers because the proprietor of an organization created in February 1998 within the British Virgin Islands. Lopez Obrador mentioned Arganis had knowledgeable him that he was on the record as a result of he misplaced 3 million Mexican pesos ($146,500) within the Ponzi scheme run by the disgraced Texan financier Allen Stanford, who was sentenced to 110 years in jail within the United States in 2012.

Also on the record are Senator Armando Guadiana from the ruling National Regeneration Movement (Morena) celebration, and Julio Scherer, who till not too long ago was authorized adviser to the presidency and Lopez Obrador’s right-hand man.

The president mentioned he didn’t know something about Scherer’s case. Neither Guadiana or Scherer have commented publicly on the papers.

The authorities’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), which combats cash laundering within the nation, mentioned on Sunday that it had launched an investigation after the Pandora Papers have been revealed.

($1 = 20.4735 Mexican pesos)

Reporting by Raul Cortes Fernandez
Writing by Drazen Jorgic
Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico September 18, 2021. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERS