Pandora's papers identify 50 South American politicians for tax evasion, three are in Bolivia

The recent study by the ICIJ consortium “Pandora Papers” found that 50 people from South America are involved in tax evasion and the use of tax havens, three of them in Bolivia.

The document published this Sunday shows a map showing where the politicians involved in this scandal are. A review of the Bolivian infographic reveals that three personalities are involved in this investigation, although their identities are not disclosed.

After hearing this report, former Movement for Socialism (MAS) MP Susana Rivero hinted that those who disagree with the passing of the law against the legitimation of illegal profits are part of the Pandora papers.

“And aren’t they those who are afraid of the law against the legitimation of illegal profits that appears in the new Panama Papers? The current investigation is called Pandora Mumps,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

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In recent weeks, opponents and at least six sections of the population have questioned the handling of the normative project, arguing that it is unconstitutional, restricts press freedom and is a way of continuing political persecution.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) analyzed classified documents and identified 956 companies in tax havens associated with 336 politicians and high-ranking officials, including country leaders, cabinet ministers, ambassadors and others. More than two-thirds of these companies were located in the British Virgin Islands, an area long known as a key cog in the offshore system.

According to the report, 11 influential figures have been discovered in Colombia who are involved in secret documents pertaining to assets abroad, including pop music singer Shakira.

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Nine people involved were identified in Brazil, including the Minister for Economic Affairs, Paulo Guedes, who founded the Dreadnoughts International Group in the British Virgin Islands in 2014.

Eight people were identified in Venezuela and Ecuador. In the latter case, the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, was mentioned. The leaked records indicate that in December 2017, three months after that country’s parliament passed law, he transferred assets to two trusts in South Dakota, United States, banning public officials from holding assets in tax havens.

The list of those linked to these crimes continues, with 4 cases uncovered in Argentina, 3 in Peru, 2 in Chile in Paraguay and 1 in Uruguay.

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