Panama Papers | El Salvador raids Mossack Fonseca offices

El Salvador authorities raid offices of Mossack Fonseca a day after notcing that it had decided to remove its office sign from the building 

Mossack Fonseca staff had removed the company sign from the office, officials said
Mossack Fonseca staff had removed the company sign from the office, officials said

Authorities in El Salvador have raided the offices of Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the heart of a massive data leak,

Attorney General Douglas Melendez, who personally oversaw the raid, told a press conference that around 20 computers and some documents were seized from the offices. However, no employees were arrested,

"At this moment we cannot speak about (any) crimes; all we can do at this moment is our job," he said, adding the government would analyze all the confiscated information and examine its financial, accounting and legal aspects.

He said that government decided to sweep the offices after noticing that Mossack Fonseca had decided to remove its office sign late on Thursday, which raised suspicions.

An employee later said that the law firm was planning to relocate, according to the attorney general’s Twitter feed.

Governments across the world have begun investigating possible financial wrongdoing by the rich and powerful after the leak of more than 11.5 million documents, dubbed the "Panama Papers," from the law firm that span four decades.

The papers have revealed financial arrangements of prominent figures, including friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, relatives of the prime ministers of Britain and Pakistan and of China President Xi Jinping, and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.

Founding partner Ramon Fonseca told Reuters this week that his firm, which specializes in setting up offshore companies, had broken no laws and that all its operations were legal. He also said his firm had never destroyed any documents or helped anyone evade taxes or launder money.

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