Pandora Papers: Document dump allegedly hyperlinks world leaders to secret wealth

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WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A large leak of economic paperwork was printed by a number of main information organizations on Sunday that allegedly tie world leaders to secret shops of wealth, together with King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The dump of greater than 11.9 million information, amounting to about 2.94 terabytes of knowledge, got here 5 years after the leak often known as the “Panama Papers” uncovered how cash was hidden by the rich in ways in which legislation enforcement businesses couldn’t detect.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington, D.C.-based community of reporters and media organizations, mentioned the recordsdata are linked to about 35 present and former nationwide leaders, and greater than 330 politicians and public officers in 91 nations and territories. It didn’t say how the recordsdata have been obtained, and Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the allegations or paperwork detailed by the consortium.

Jordan’s King Abdullah, a detailed ally of the United States, was alleged to have used offshore accounts to spend greater than $100 million on luxurious properties within the United Kingdom and the United States.

DLA Piper, a London legislation workplace representing Abdullah, instructed the consortium of media shops that he had “not at any point misused public monies or made any use whatsoever of the proceeds of aid or assistance intended for public use.”

The Washington Post, which is a part of the consortium, additionally reported on the case of Svetlana Krivonogikh, a Russian lady who it mentioned turned the proprietor of a Monaco house by an offshore firm integrated on the Caribbean island of Tortola in April 2003 simply weeks after she gave delivery to a woman. At the time, she was in a secret, years-long relationship with Putin, the newspaper mentioned, citing Russian investigative outlet Proekt.

The Post mentioned Krivonogikh, her daughter, who’s now 18, and the Kremlin didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Days forward of the Czech Republic’s Oct. 8-9 parliamentary election, the paperwork allegedly tied the nation’s prime minister, Babis, to a secret $22 million property in a hilltop village close to Cannes, France.

Speaking throughout a tv debate on Sunday, Babis denied any wrongdoing.

“The money left a Czech bank, was taxed, it was my money, and returned to a Czech bank,” Babis mentioned.

Reporting by Washington newsroom; Editing by Daniel Wallis

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis looks on as he speaks during the Budapest Demographic Summit in Budapest, Hungary, September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks after being welcomed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis looks on as he speaks during the Budapest Demographic Summit in Budapest, Hungary, September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo