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World Policy Journal continues to contribute reporting from the impact on the Panama Papers, the world’s biggest leak of over 11.5 million records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
A press release from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources on April 11 cited Khadija Sharife and Silas Gbandia’s article about the secrecy in Beny Steinmetz’s diamond empire. The statement continued: “The Ministry, in collaboration with the National Minerals Agency, is conducting a thorough investigation into the allegations, and appropriate action will be taken where necessary.”
Thabo Mbeki, chair of the African Union and U.N. Economic Commission for Africa’s High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, called for action in an April 9 statement on the Panama Papers revelations: “The staggering amount of illicit practices and the large number of global actors exposed by the Panama Papers demonstrate that Governments of Africa and the rest of the world cannot avoid firm action against the Tax Havens/Financial Secrecy Jurisdictions.”
Follow along at the World Policy Journal blog and ANCIR for more stories on the Panama Papers leaks!