EU Panama Papers inquiry to call top officials to testify

By Hamish Boland-Rudder

STRASBOURG, France (ICIJ) — A special Panama Papers committee of inquiry has been created by the European parliament and is expected to call high profile officials including Britain’s finance minister and representatives of law firm Mossack Fonseca as it probes potential wrongdoing unveiled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its partners’ investigations.

The 65-member inquiry committee was approved recently by a vote in the European parliament, and will have 12 months to investigate “contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and evasion” revealed by the Panama Papers.

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EU Parliament. Photo: Ralf Roletschek

Spokeswoman for the Greens in European Parliament Molly Scott Cato told the Guardian that the committee intended to call ministers, tax officials and bank bosses, including British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne. A member of parliament from the right-of-center

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