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NIA comments on “Panama Papers” Debacle

National Integrity Action Limited | 2016-04-05 00:00:00

In the light of the continuing exposures in the “Panama Papers” of how the rich, powerful and corrupt use secret companies and highly paid lawyers, bankers, accountants and real estate dealers to hide illicit wealth, sometimes involved in funding international organised crime, National Integrity Action:

• Reminds the public that Jamaica’s National Security Policy, laid in Parliament by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller (April 2014), identifies corruption by “…facilitators who launder the proceeds of crime…” as among the number one “high probability, high impact, clear and present dangers” to Jamaica’s national security and economic prosperity;

• Encourages the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) in association with international law enforcement partners to open an investigation to detect if any Jamaicans are involved in this international network;

• Urges Jamaican investigative journalists and media professionals to, without fear or favour, engage the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to identify and unmask any Jamaicans involved in this corruption amongst the scores of public officials, political leaders and billionaires connected to people in over two hundred countries;

• Renews the call for the secret “beneficial owners” of off-shore companies who bid for Jamaican government contract to be disclosed to the public.

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