New Zealand accountants backdated Malta trust documents during Panama Papers

New Zealand accountants were backdating documents during the publication of the Panama Papers in 2016 for trusts that had been set up seven months earlier by senior Maltese government figures, Maltese investigators say.

Emails quoted in a draft report by Malta’s anti-money laundering agency show that while The Australian Financial Review was putting questions in late March 2016 to then NZ prime minister John Key about offshore trusts set up by Malta’s Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi and the prime minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, Dr Mizzi was giving instructions to backdate changes to his New Zealand holdings, Neil Chenoweth reported on The Australian Financial Review.

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