Swiss prosecutors have launched an investigation into “the Panama document”


“We made the decision to start production in connection with the case of “the Panama document”. More I can not say anything”, — quotes Reuters the chief Prosecutor of the Canton of Geneva Olivier I blow you.

The newspaper Tribune de Geneve points out that documents published by the International consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ), referred to several Swiss companies and banks associated with offshore companies. In particular, the accounts of such firms are hosting the Swiss branch of HSBC, UBS, Credit Suisse, the Geneva branch of Deutsche Bank. In Generale Bank Cantonale de Geneve (BCGG), according to journalists, the account was opened, company associated with former defense Minister of Georgia David Kezerashvili.

BCGG in the newspaper indicated that it had never violated the legislation of Switzerland. It stressed that financial organisation has helped its customers to avoid taxation or to assist them in setting up offshore companies.

Earlier about intention to start checking the Swiss banks on the subject of their relations with the Panama company Mossack Fonseca reported financial regulator FINMA.

According to ICIJ, a Panama company have established special relationships with a number of large banks. They allegedly entered into with Panamanian offshore Registrar agreement, which was facilitated for them the requirement to provide data about their customers. Usually Mossack Fonseca demanded information from banks, in which was verified the identity of the owner of the offshore company and would have confirmed that he was not involved in criminal activity. However, with UBS, according to journalists, the agreement was concluded, under which the Bank was not required to explain why his client decided to use an offshore company and account holders actually started to work directly with Mossack Fonseca.

April 3, ICIJ has published the results of extensive investigations about the offshore world leaders, politicians and celebrities in Panama and the British virgin Islands. Data were obtained as a result of leakage of documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which renders services on registration of offshore companies. ICIJ shared data about clients Mossack Fonseca with more than 100 of the world’s media.

Published in “the archives of Panama”, among other things, revealed data about the offshore companies and foreign firms 12 officials of Russia or members of their families, as well as about the companies, the beneficiaries of which are close friends of Vladimir Putin. Special attention is paid to investigation of “friend of Putin” Sergey Roldugina, through the company which allegedly took place hundreds of millions of dollars. His name called the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, announcing “information stuffing” against Putin (then wrote what is known about the Roldugin).