Disclosures - Pandora papers 2021 Oct
Model Claudia Schiffer; Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar, Indian billionaire Anil Ambani, Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s sister Purvi Modi are some of the people among Indian Nationality; Alexandre Cazes, the founder of the dark web site AlphaBay, used to deal in illegal drugs;
In total, 35 current and former national leaders appear in the leak, alongside 400 public officials from nearly 100 countries and more than 100 billionaires.
Among those names are former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim, United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.
More than 100 billionaires, 29,000 offshore accounts, 30 current and former leaders, and 336 politicians were named in the first leaks on 3 October 2021.
King Abdullah II of Jordan is one of the main figures named in the papers, with documents showing he had invested over US$100 million in property across the UK and the US; they included houses in Cliffside Drive, Malibu,
Washington, D.C., London and Ascot in the UK. A UK company controlled by Cherie Blair was shown to have acquired a £6.45 million property in London by purchasing Romanstone International Limited, a British Virgin Islands company; had the property been acquired directly, £312,000 would have been payable in stamp duty. Tony Blair's name appears in a statement of joint income for the associated mortgage.
The papers also reveal how an office block owned by Azerbaijan's ruling Aliyev family was sold to the Crown Estate, the sovereign's public estate, for £66 million in 2018, netting the Aliyevs a £31 million profit. Another office block worth £33 million was sold to the family in 2009 and was gifted to Heyder Aliyev, son of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.
According to Las Vegas Sun, "Members of the inner circle of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan are accused of hiding millions of dollars in wealth in secret companies or trusts". Supporters of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Ukrainian President Zelensky, who came to power on an anti-corruption campaign, of tax evasion.
Elsewhere, a close associate[who?] of Vladimir Putin was revealed to have secret assets in Monaco, and Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, who had campaigned on promising to crack down on corruption and tax evasion, did not declare the use of an offshore investment company in the purchase of eight properties, including two villas, in Mougins on the French Riviera for £12 million.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was also mentioned, despite being quoted in 2018 as stating, "Every public servant's assets must be declared publicly so that people can question and ask – what is legitimate?" Kenyatta and six members of his family have been linked to 13 offshore companies.
The leaked list also includes transnational criminal organization leaders, such as Raffaele Amato, boss of the Amato-Pagano clan, a clan within the Camorra, dedicated to international drug trafficking. Amato used a shell company in the UK to buy land and real estate in Spain.
Other global names mentioned include Shakira, who was incorporating new offshore entities while going on trial for tax evasion;
Model Claudia Schiffer;
Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar, Indian billionaire Anil Ambani, Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s sister Purvi Modi are some of the people among Indian Nationality;
Alexandre Cazes, the founder of the dark web site AlphaBay, used to deal in illegal drugs;
Pakistan's finance minister, Shaukat Fayaz Ahmed Tarin, and several of the family members of Pakistan's top generals; and the CEO of Channel One Russia, Konstantin Ernst. Miguel Bosé, Pep Guardiola and Julio Iglesias are also named.
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