The Panama Papers, released in April through a breach at the law office of Mossack Fonseca in Panama, showed the world the wheeling and dealing of some of the world’s wealthiest people.
While the contents of the treasure trove of info has largely been kept to a few news organisations, some of it has now been made available in a searchable database.
The database was established by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the main organisation who first acquired the files and sifted through the massive amounts of documents.
While anybody can do a quick search on the database, don’t expect to find anything in detail. But, if you are interested, you can click here to go through the South African info. The data can be filtered by Offshore Entity, Officers, Intermediaries or by address.
What is interesting, is that it lists 120 Offshore Entities, 1984 Officers, 74 Intermediaries, and can be searched through 1445 addresses.
“ICIJ is not publishing the totality of the leak, and it is not disclosing raw documents or personal information en masse. The database contains a great deal of information about company owners, proxies and intermediaries in secrecy jurisdictions, but it doesn’t disclose bank accounts, email exchanges and financial transactions contained in the documents,” ICIJ said in a media statement.
The entirety of the Panama Papers contains 11.5 million leaked files, while the searchable database only contains around 360 000 names of people and companies who might have secret offshore accounts.
Early last month, South Africa’s National Treasury urged anyone with an offshore account at Mossack Fonseca to come forward before they’re identified through the searchable database.
Treasury welcomed the investigative report, adding that relevant South African tax agencies such as SARS will investigate it once it comes out to ensure that those that have links have complied with local law.[Image – CC by 2.0/International Consortium of Investigative Journalists]