The leaked trove of documents, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contain 13.4-million records that highlight damning cases of tax abuse and questionable business practices involving multinational companies, high level politicians, celebrities, wealthy executives and even royals.
The data dates from 1950 to 2016 and includes emails and loan agreements from more than 25,000 entities in 180 countries. Included in the data are never-before-seen details of corporate registries in 19 countries infamous for ensuring high levels of secrecy – key nodes in the global shadow economy.
The leaks were obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a network of more than 380 journalists in 67 countries including amaBhungane and Business Day in South Africa.
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