Balaclava-clad armed police raid El Salvador offices of firm at centre of Panama Papers scandal and seize 20 computers

Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Paul Martin

Armed police raided the local offices of Mossack Fonseca in El Salvador
The swoop was overseen personally by the country’s Attorney General
Decided to act after noticing firm had removed its office sign on Thursday
Attorney General said firm’s El Salvador branch was able to provide ‘back office’ functions for their wealthy clients around the world

9 April 2016

Balaclava-clad armed police in El Salvador stormed the local offices of the firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, seizing documents and computers.

Panama-based firm Mossack Fonseca is at the centre of an international data leak scandal that has embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy, secretive world of offshore companies.

The raid was overseen personally by the country’s Attorney General Douglas Melendez.
He said the government decided to act after noticing the firm had removed its office sign late on Thursday and quoted an employee as saying the firm was moving.

El Salvador’s government seized about 20 computers, some documents and interviewed seven employees, but did not detain anyone.

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