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Document dump allegedly links world leaders to secret wealth By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Jordan’s King Abdullah II talks after she was welcomed by Nancy Pelosi (D.CA), to the U.S. Capitol. Washington, U.S.A. July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz


WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A huge leak of financial records was published Sunday by major news outlets. It allegedly links world leaders to secret wealth stores, such as King Abdullah, King of Jordan and Andrej Babis, the Czech Prime Minister, and those associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Five years ago, more than 11 million records were discarded. This was five years after “Panama Papers,” which exposed the ways wealthy people hide their money in ways that the law enforcement agencies couldn’t detect.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (a Washington-based network of journalists and media organisations) said that the files were linked to 35 former and current national leaders and over 330 politicians in 91 nations and territories. The file’s source was not disclosed and Reuters couldn’t independently verify any of the accusations or documents.

Jordan’s King Abdullah was close to the United States and was suspected to have used offshore accounts for more than $100m to buy luxury homes in the United Kingdom or the United States.

DLA Piper was a London law firm representing Abdullah.

The Washington Post, part of the consortium also reported on Svetlana Kristogikh’s case. This Russian woman, who was just weeks from giving birth, claimed to have become the owner of Monaco Apartments through an offshore Tortola-based company. The newspaper cited Russian investigative outlet Proekt to claim that she was involved in an ongoing secret relationship for years with Putin at the time.

The Post stated Krivonogikh was her daughter now aged 18, but the Kremlin has not responded to any requests for comment.

A few days ahead of the Czech Republic’s October 8-9 parliamentary elections, documents linked Babis, the prime minister to $22,000,000 in secret land on a hilltop near Cannes.

Babis claimed that there was no wrongdoing during Sunday’s TV debate.

Babis explained that “the money left a Czech banking institution, was taxed, and it was mine money, and was returned to a Czech banking institution.”

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