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Yearbook 1996

Panama. The US-based organization, OAS, strongly criticized the US escalation of the trade war against Cuba at a meeting in Panama City in June.

According to, President Ernesto Perez acknowledged that his 1994 election campaign was partly funded by a notorious drug dealer, but denied that he knew then where the money came from.

1996 Panama

In 2015, one person leaked $ 11.5 million. documents on tax fraud in Panama to the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Due. the scope of the material included the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) newspaper in the review of the material. The first publication of the analysis hit the world press in April 2016. It showed that Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca had assisted wealthy and prominent politicians around the world in tax fraud. The material showed that i.a. British Prime Minister David Cameron's family had used the company Fonseca for its tax fraud. The most prominent example, however, was the Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who himself had used the company for fraud, despite the fact that he had lied to the Icelandic people and parliament that he had no deposits abroad. His scams were revealed to rolling cameras, and he stayed after major demonstrations in Icelandforced to step down as prime minister. Authorities' response to the scam varied greatly from country to country. In states such as Uruguay, five people were arrested and brought to justice, while the authorities in, for example. Denmark shrugged, despite the fact that Danes were also documented in Fonseca's documents, and despite the fact that the bank Nordea had actively encouraged its customers to use Mossack Fonseca to conduct tax fraud. In Spain, right-wing Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, in April, was forced to give up his post of minister after he was also revealed as a tax fraud.

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