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'Panama Papers' lawyer: 'we're the victims'

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 01:21

The founding partner of the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers row says the leaked information has been taken out of context. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 A clutch of world leaders have launched fire-fighting operations after the leak of the so-called Panama Papers. The millions of leaked documents suggest the creation of offshore companies set up for friends and relatives of several presidents and prime ministers to avoid paying taxes. But Ramon Fonseca, co-founder of the Panama City law firm at the centre of the scandal, says everything's been taken out of context. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) MOSSACK FONSECA CO-FOUNDER RAMON FONSECA SAYING: "For example, from Brazil it's an email from 2005 and I believe we were changing to a digital system at the time and they had a large number of papers in the office and somebody said we should arrange those papers but that was in 2005. It has nothing to do with anything going on today or with the money laundering case." Fonseca says his company's the victim of external hackers and is critical of world media coverage of the saga. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) MOSSACK FONSECA CO-FOUNDER RAMON FONSECA SAYING: 'New news would be 'who is investigating the hack?' We're amazed nobody's said: 'Hey, a crime's been committed here'." Fonseca says his firm's filed an official complaint about what's become the world's biggest leak. Despite his protestations the leak's unleashed investigations by governments around the world into possible financial wrongdoing by the rich and powerful.

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'Panama Papers' lawyer: 'we're the victims'

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 01:21