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Latin American Elites and the Panama Papers

The Panama Papers, confidential files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, were leaked on April 3, ensnaring high-level Latin American politicians in a sprawling tax evasion scandal.

Among the politicians implicated are Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Peruvian presidential front-runner Keiko Fujimori and Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Cunha.

The set of over 11.5 million documents links the influential politicians in a scam to hide assets in shell companies and offshore tax havens, further entrenching the region in an ever-growing web of corruption.

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Eligio Cedeño, the banker whose named appeared in the Panama Papers, pictured here in a photo from El Impulso.

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  • Mauricio Macri has been implicated in the Panama Papers scandal.

    Mauricio Macri has been implicated in the Panama Papers scandal. | Photo Sumarium

  • Eligio Cedeño, the banker whose named appeared in the Panama Papers, pictured here in a photo from El Impulso.

    Eligio Cedeño, the banker whose named appeared in the Panama Papers, pictured here in a photo from El Impulso. | Photo EFE

  • Mossack Fonseca is at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, the biggest leak in history.

    Mossack Fonseca is at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, the biggest leak in history. | Photo Reuters

  • WikiLeaks has claimed U.S. organizations were behind the Panama Papers leak.

    WikiLeaks has claimed U.S. organizations were behind the Panama Papers leak. | Photo Archivo

  • Iceland

    Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson has resigned following the Panama Papers leak. | Photo Reuters

  • FIFA officials and footballers have been named in the Panama Papers.

    FIFA officials and footballers have been named in the Panama Papers. | Photo Reuters

  • The Ex-president of the CPC, Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, is implicated in the Panama Papers scandal.

    The Ex-president of the CPC, Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, is implicated in the Panama Papers scandal. | Photo Ciper

  • Enrique Peña Nieto has been implicated in the Panama Papers through his friend and contractor.

    Enrique Peña Nieto has been implicated in the Panama Papers through his friend and contractor. | Photo Reuters

  • Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Cunha has been implicated in the Panama Papers.

    Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Cunha has been implicated in the Panama Papers. | Photo AFP

  • People demonstrate against Iceland

    People demonstrate against Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson in Reykjavik, Iceland. | Photo Reuters

  • A man holds a sign with the message "Panama Papers, people, organized crime is enough" in labor reform protests in France.

    A man holds a sign with the message "Panama Papers, people, organized crime is enough" in labor reform protests in France. | Photo EFE

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