Panama Papers: Thailand investigating 16 people on the list

panama-papers-820{BNN/BANGKOK}  – Thailand is said to be investigating at least 16 people featured in the Panama Papers leak, a top official at the country’s Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) said at an official press conference.

He added that the probe revolves around current and former politicians and well-known business people whose names have appeared in the Panama Papers.

Seehanat Prayoonrat, AMLO acting Secretary-General said, “The investigation into possible money laundering is at an early stage and Thai authorities have so far found no evidence of wrongdoing.”

He added that Thailand has sought cooperation from Panama’s anti-money laundering agency and would not release the names of the individuals on the list until authorities had verified the leaked information.

Seehanat said he did not know if any members of the Thai military government were on the list, he claimed, “We are doing preliminary checks.”

Bangkok Post had earlier reported that the Panama Papers may actually include more the names of more than 780 people living in Thailand.

The Panama Papers leak exposed tax havens used by the elite, through the release of over 2.6 terabytes of data with more than 11.5 million documents. Documents contain records of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca’s dealings implicating several global leaders, celebrities, sports icons, business tycoons and their families. The documents reportedly show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.

Initially obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, the Panama Papers were investigated for over a year by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and involved more than 100 publications from nearly 80 countries.

The Panama Papers website by ICIJ has described the leaks as an “unprecedented investigation that reveals the offshore links of some of the globe’s most prominent figures.

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