Panama papers : election called in Iceland : let's see how Democrat are patwaris

Pak1stani

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Icelands prime minister is this week expected to face calls in parliament for a snap election after the Panama Papers revealed he is among several leading politicians around the world with links to secretive companies in offshore tax havens.

The financial affairs of Sigmundur Dav Gunnlaugsson and his wife have come under scrutiny because of details revealed in documents from a Panamanian law firm that helps clients protect their wealth in secretive offshore tax regimes. The files from Mossack Fonseca form the biggest ever data leak to journalists.

Opposition leaders have this weekend been discussing a motion calling for a general election in effect a confidence vote in the prime minister.On Monday, Gunnlaugsson is expected to face allegations from opponents that he has hidden a major financial conflict of interest from voters ever since he was elected an MP seven years ago.

The former prime minister Jhanna Sigurardttir said Gunnlaugsson would have to resign if he could not regain public trust quickly, calling on him to give a straightforward account of all the facts of the matter.The former finance minister Steingrmur Sigfsson told the Guardian: We cant permit this. Iceland would simply look like a banana republic. No one is saying he used his position as prime minister to help this offshore company, but the fact is you shouldnt leave yourself open to a conflict of interest. And nor should you keep it secret.

Leaked papers show Gunnlaugsson co-owned a company called Wintris Inc, set up in 2007 on the Caribbean island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, to hold investments with his wealthy partner, later wife, Anna Sigurlaug Plsdttir.

The Caribbean island of Tortola, where Wintris was set up. Photograph: Christian Wheatley/Getty ImagesThe couple were living in the UK at the time and had been advised to set up a company in the tax haven in order to hold and invest substantial proceeds from the sale of Plsdttirs share in her familys business back in Iceland.

Gunnlaugsson owned a 50% stake in Wintris for more than two years, then transferred it to Plsdttir, who held the other 50%, for one dollar. The prime ministers office now says his shareholding was an error and it had always been clear to both of them that the prime ministers wife owned the assets. Once drawn to the couples attention in late 2009, the error was corrected.

Towards the end of Gunnlaugssons time as a Wintris shareholder, having returned to Iceland, he was elected to parliament as leader of the Progressive party.Gunnlaugsson, who became prime minister four years later, never disclosed his Wintris shares on Icelands parliamentary register of MPs financial interests.Nor has he spoken about the offshore company publicly until questioned by the Guardian and other media working in conjunction with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

When first asked if he had ever owned an offshore company, Gunnlaugsson said: Myself? No. Well, the Icelandic companies I have worked with had connections with offshore companies but I can confirm I have never hidden any of my assets.Asked what he knew about Wintris, he initially said: Well, its a company, if I recall correctly, which is associated with one of the companies that I was on the board of. Shortly afterwards, Gunnlaugsson ended the interview.

Public statements

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The prime minister and his wife then rushed out separate public statements in Icelandic condemning reporters intrusions into their private business matters.Both stressed their financial interests had always been properly disclosed to the Icelandic tax authorities. The Guardian has seen no evidence to suggest tax avoidance, evasion or any dishonest financial gain on the part of Gunnlaugsson, Plsdttir or Wintris.

The prime minister now accepts he did jointly own Wintris with his wife. Copies of the share certificate in his name and of Wintriss share register are published today by the Guardian.He nevertheless insists he did not have to declare his shares on the parliamentary register because Wintris was a holding company, not a commercial company.

He was elected to parliament in April 2009 and did not transfer his Wintris shares to Plsdttir until the last day of that year. A copy of the transfer agreement is published here.Asked if he had nevertheless breached the spirit of the disclosure rules, the prime minister declined to reply. He conceded there might be a case for tightening the rulebook.Leaked Wintris documents show in detail the layers of complexity associated with such BVI companies, masking the identity of those in charge.

They also raise uncomfortable questions about how Gunnlaugsson could have remained unaware for more than two years that he was the owner of 50% of Wintris and its considerable investments.The instruction to set up Wintris first came through agents in Luxembourg, who contacted Mossack Fonseca, an international law firm specialising in offshore secrecy. A registered office was set up in the BVI and three nominee directors recruited from Panama.

Power of attorney

Names of the Panamanian directors appear on almost all of the companys official paperwork for the first three years, but it was Gunnlaugsson and Plsdttir who held the authority to control the firm, having privately been granted power of attorney over Wintriss affairs.

Five months after it was set up, the company also made arrangements to open a bank account at a London branch of Credit Suisse. By then, the involvement of Gunnlaugsson and Plsdttir in the activities of Wintris was well hidden from the public gaze.

A woman leaves a branch of Icelands second largest bank, Landsbanki, in October 2008, a day after the state officially announced it had nationalised it. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty ImagesLater that year, Iceland became one of the most severe casualties of the global credit crisis. Financial meltdown meant the country was forced to seek bailout loans and impose currency controls as foreign investors rushed to sell out of the rapidly devaluing Icelandic krna.
While Wintris was shielded from some of this turmoil, it had invested in bonds issued by three Icelandic banks

and was owed more than 500m Icelandic krna (2.8m) when they all collapsed. Only a small fraction of that sum is likely to be recovered.Revelations from the Panama Papers about Gunnlaugsson and Plsdttirs offshore activities are awkward for Icelands prime minister, who has made a name for himself defending the collapse of his countrys financial system against the demands of foreign creditors, whom he has repeatedly characterised as vultures.

He has dismissed suggestions that his wifes ownership of Wintris compromised him as prime minister. On the contrary, he suggested, his consistently tough approach to foreign creditors, including Wintris, demonstrated that his wifes financial interests had never affected his decision-making.

Icelanders suspicions

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For some years many ordinary Icelanders have grown suspicious about wealthy Icelanders and their use of offshore companies, concerned such arrangements are designed to avoid tax.To pursue investigations in this area, Icelands tax office last year paid a whistleblower for a cache of data from Mossack Fonsecas regional office in Luxembourg. As a result, tax inspectors are said to have in their hands the private details of up to 400 Icelanders with interests in tax havens.

There is no suggestion of tax avoidance in the case of Wintris, but the prime minister said he and his wife had always assumed the whistleblower data could include information on Wintris. He said he supported the tax offices ongoing inquiries.

Icelands finance minister, Bjarni Benediktsson. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesA rebellion against the prime minister in parliament on Monday may depend in part on the position taken by his partners in coalition government, led by the finance minister, Bjarni Benediktsson.

But Benediktssons name also appears in the Panama Papers as he previously owned a third of a company called Falson & Co, incorporated in the Seychelles. Benediktssons interest in Falson was held through bearer share certificates, which do not record the name of the owner.

He told the Guardian the company had been set up with two co-investors to buy a property in Dubai, but the deal had fallen through in 2009 and he had had no dealings with the company since.

In a television interview last year, Benediktsson was asked if he had ever done business in tax havens. No, I havent done that, he said. I have not had any assets in tax havens not done anything like that.
Asked why he had not mentioned Falson, Benediktsson said he had not realised it was based in the Seychelles. He had thought it was in Luxembourg.

Panama Papers reporting team: Juliette Garside, Luke Harding, Holly Watt, David Pegg, Helena Bengtsson, Simon Bowers, Owen Gibson and Nick Hopkins

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Pak1stani

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Because of imran khan dharna sharifs have to do this off shore filth to save Pakistan wealth.. A patwari Rasheed press conference
 

Ali.Pakistani

Senator (1k+ posts)
This is definitely a big development. But don't worry Maryam Nawaz Kiraye ka Media Cell would be working hard to unearth amateur logic(s) to counter this leak. What else can be expected from these hungry politicians!
 

GreenMaple

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Expecting re-election from Patwari League; what world are you living in, amigo. It's like expecting pail of milk from a bull.
 

Killthecorrupts

Senator (1k+ posts)
This is definitely a big development. But don't worry Maryam Nawaz Kiraye ka Media Cell would be working hard to unearth amateur logic(s) to counter this leak. What else can be expected from these hungry politicians!

[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Umer Chema of GEO was involved in preparation of this report, He has already leaked it to NS before its official leak.PMLN is prepared to defend it.[/FONT]
 

احمد

Senator (1k+ posts)
This is definitely a big development. But don't worry Maryam Nawaz Kiraye ka Media Cell would be working hard to unearth amateur logic(s) to counter this leak. What else can be expected from these hungry politicians!
سن لیں ان کی ۔۔۔۔


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Will_Bite

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Elections called in Iceland ==> means that elections will be held soon. However, that is not the case.

The fact is that the opposition has called for elections ==> meaning, they are asking the PM to call elections in light of the allegations. In other words, its just a demand of the opposition, not something that has been decided.

However, PMLN will come up with a totally skewed logic to not only rubbish the need for elections, but also to totally deny and disprove this report by international journalists.
 

Raaz

(50k+ posts) بابائے فورم
Because of imran khan dharna sharifs have to do this off shore filth to save Pakistan wealth.. A patwari Rasheed press conference

کل اس نے انکار کر دینا ہے کہ میرا کچھ نہی ہے باہر
زرداری کی طرح اور سارے گجروں نے مان لینا ہے
 

atensari

(50k+ posts) بابائے فورم
یہ جمہوریت کے خلاف اسٹبلشمنٹ کی سازش ہے - مطمئن جمہورا
 

saneopinion

MPA (400+ posts)
this too shall pass.

No opposition party INCLUDING PTI is willing to do anything about it. Not once have they tried to gather evidence and pursue any corruption charges against NS and others of his kind. Eventually, it is going to boil down to more buk buk (yapping)(yapping), until the next main issue shows up.
 
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karella

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
پاکستان میں ایک بار پھر جمھوریت کے وسیع تر مفاد کی خاطر تحریک انصاف کے مخالف باقی پارٹیوں کا اتحاد ہونے کا وقت ہوا جاتا ہے
 

احمد

Senator (1k+ posts)
Patwari were already informed by pregnancy cheema. And that's why patwar khana already prepared an interview published by ptv2 Patwari tele. Vision 2
اس نے ٹویٹ بھی کر دی تھی کہ یہ خاندان مشکل میں پھنسنے والا ہے ۔
آج تو میڈیا پر بھی کوئی نطر نہیں آرہا ۔اس فورم پر بھی اُن کی طرف سے سناٹا ہے ۔ اللہ خیر کرے ۔:)۔
 

Pak1stani

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Yes he tweeted about it now on twitter he is portraying like he is the main person who leaked it. But the fact is that he was part of a team of journalists who were given early access to the already leaked data.
اس نے ٹویٹ بھی کر دی تھی کہ یہ خاندان مشکل میں پھنسنے والا ہے ۔
آج تو میڈیا پر بھی کوئی نطر نہیں آرہا ۔اس فورم پر بھی اُن کی طرف سے سناٹا ہے ۔ اللہ خیر کرے ۔:)۔
 

Will_Bite

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
this too shall pass.

No opposition party INCLUDING PTI is willing to do anything about it. Not once have they tried to gather evidence and pursue any corruption charges against NS and others of his kind. Eventually, it is going to boil down to more buk buk (yapping)(yapping), until the next main issue shows up.

What exactly can PTI do? For the past 3 years, PTI is the only party that has raised this issue on all forums. It is only because of PTI that people even knew that Sharifs and kids have dozens of properties in UK. PTI was relying on NAB and FIA, but since both of these organizations are in the govt's pocket, nohting came of them. NAB has dismissed about a dozen references against the Sharifs. Sharifs have an understanding with Zardari to protect each other's crimes.

Any attempts to have it debated in the assembly have been quashed by the treasury benches. The only other way is through public protests....un pey bhi aiteraz hota hai media ko.

Now with this major revelation, PTI has again said that they will bring about a motion in the assembly, and ask the NAB to form a commission to investigate this. Lets see what comes of it.
 

sensible

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Umer Chema of GEO was involved in preparation of this report, He has already leaked it to NS before its official leak.PMLN is prepared to defend it.

یہ ہی وجہ تھی نواز شریف کے کارٹون بیٹے کو لفافہ چوہدری کے شو میں بھیج کر ان کمپنئیز کا اقرار کرنے کی اور کرمنل مائنڈ ڈ مریم بی بی جو میڈیا پر بڑے پر اعتماد طریقے سے جھوٹ بول چکی تھی ارشد شریف کے پروگرام میں اس وجہ سے جمہوری پارٹی کا داخلہ بند ہو گیا یہ بونگی لاجک دے کر کے ہمارے پاس عوام کا مینڈیٹ ہے ہماری جائدادوں پر سوال نہ اٹھایا جائے.

سبحان الله.
اس مینڈیٹ کے صدقے جو جو ملک لوٹ کر جائدادیں بنانے کی
خاطر ووٹ دیتا ہے ملک کے اساسے کچھ سیاسی رشوت میں دے دو مینڈیٹ کی خاطر اور کچھ خود کھاو پیو کچھ لوٹ کر ملک سے باہرلے جاؤ اس قدر کے اسے چھپانے کو ایسی حرکتیں کرنی پڑیں.اور عوام کو تعلیم دینے کے نام پر ٹرپ اٹھو ،جن ملکوں میں اس پر ری آیکشن ہو گا وہ ادھر ہو گا جہاں عوام با شعور ہے.الیکشن تو دور کی بات یہاں تو ابھی صرف سوال کرنے پر ہی طوفان اٹھا دے گا ہمارے ٹیکس پر پلنے والا مریم کا میڈیا سیل
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Anonymous Paki

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
اس نے ٹویٹ بھی کر دی تھی کہ یہ خاندان مشکل میں پھنسنے والا ہے ۔
آج تو میڈیا پر بھی کوئی نطر نہیں آرہا ۔اس فورم پر بھی اُن کی طرف سے سناٹا ہے ۔ اللہ خیر کرے ۔:)۔

اوے بےغیرت پٹواریو کدھر مرے پڑے ہو

نکلو اپنی قبروں سے
 

آزاد خیال

MPA (400+ posts)
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