Inland Revenue employee’s spouse found in Panama Papers

Employee takes leave pending investigation into Panama list since spouse is listed in connection with offshore company

The finance ministry has announced that an employee of the Inland Revenue Department is on leave after it was revealed that their spouse appears in the names of ultimate beneficiary owners, or intermediaries, mentioned in the Panama Papers.

The data is part of a massive leak from the files of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, whose client files revealed that minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri set up offshore companies in Panama while in office.

“The finance ministry has been informed from the Commissioner for Inland Revenue that the spouse of an IRD employee is listed in the Panama list. It appears the company was opened before the marriage, but precautions have been taken while the necessary investigations take place. The employee has cooperated and is out on leave.”

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