The founders of Mossack Fonseca targeted by an international arrest warrant

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German judicial authorities have issued an international arrest warrant against the two founders of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, at the heart of the Panama Papers tax evasion scandal revealed in 2016 by an international consortium of journalists from investigation, reports the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ).

The two lawyers Jürgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, suspected of massive aid in tax evasion and criminal association, are now liable to be arrested if they attempt to enter the territory of the European Union, a reported late Monday the newspaper, peak in the Panama Papers, and which has joined for this article with the regional audiovisual groups NDR and WDR.

The two men, holders of Panamanian passports, are currently in this country which does not extradite its nationals, notes the SZ. Investigators, however, are hopeful that Mossack, who has family in Germany, will go on his own to negotiate a reduced sentence and escape parallel prosecution in the United States.

On Twitter, Fonseca indirectly alluded to the case: concerning Germany, we sold companies to a German bank, which sold them to entrepreneurs, who used them for tax matters in which we had nothing to do.

He also blamed the international left mafia for the charges against him and wondered if <q data-attributes = "{" lang ": {" value ":" fr "," label ":" Français "}," value ": {" html " : "Germany has the right to speak of justice while the Nuremberg tribunals condemned and executed only 14nazis "," text ":" Germany has the right to speak of justice while the Nuremberg tribunals condemned and executed only 14 Nazis "}}" lang = "en”>Germany has the right to speak of justice as Nuremberg tribunals convicted and executed only 14 Nazis despite the millions of deaths in World War II.

Man surrounded by police pulls out box of documents from Mossack Fonseca offices

Police search of the offices of Mossack Fonseca, Peru, in April 2016

Photo: Getty Images / AFP

The scandal of Panama Papers erupted on April 3, 2016 with the leak of 11.5 million digital archives from the Mossack Fonseca cabinet, sensitive documents analyzed by the investigative consortium ICIJ which caused a global shock wave, including the resignation of the Prime Minister Icelandic, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.

The Panama Papers uncovered a vast system of tax evasion passing through shell companies, in which several hundred banks helped their clients.

At least 150 investigations have been opened in 79 countries to control possible situations of tax evasion or money laundering, according to the American Center for Public Integrity.

In 2018, the Mossack Fonseca firm announced the cessation of its activities due to irreparable damage inflicted on his reputation. Panama for its part is fighting to be removed from several blacklists of tax havens.

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