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    UN Drug, Crime Office Urges to Remove Panama From Tax Haven List

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    The Regional Representative of the Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Panama called for exclusion of the country from the list of tax havens where it was placed by France.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Last month, France placed Panama back on its tax haven blacklist following the leak of Panama Papers allegedly linking numerous high-ranking figures of the world to offshore schemes. French President Hollande called on Panamanian authorities to respond to a request by the French taxation agency.

    "In light of what happens in Panama, this country should come out of these lists," Amado Philip de Andres said Thursday as quoted by the EFE news agency.

    The official said he did not like the topic of Panama Papers.

    "The United Nations believes that this is a bit unfair, that is, we are only speaking about one law firm" and not the whole country, de Andres stressed.

    In April, the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung exposed the alleged involvement of the world's wealthy and influential people including a number of former and current leaders, in offshore schemes by publishing materials it claimed came from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama firm selling offshore companies.

    Mossack Fonseca responded to the April report by refusing to validate the information contained in the leaks and accused reporters of gaining unauthorized access to some of its proprietary documents.


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