The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released the larged ever expose in the world exposing over 35 current and outgone prominent leaders in the world.
The 12 million document files from 14 financial services companies in countries including the British Virgin Islands, Panama, Belize, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Switzerland contains names of the most high profile kings and presidents in the world. Here is a list of the top five leaders linked in the illegal dealins.
1. Tony Blair
The former British prime minister Tony Blair, who has been critical of tax loopholes, is shown to have legally avoided paying stamp duty on a multi-million pound property in London, when he and his wife Cherie bought the offshore company that owned it.
2. Ilham Aliyev
The Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his family, who have been accused of looting their own country, are one example. The investigation found the Aliyevs and their close associates have secretly been involved in property deals in the UK worth more than £400m.
3. Vladmir Putin
Although Vladimir Putin is not directly named in the files, he is linked via associates to secret assets in Monaco, notably a waterfront home acquired by a Russian woman believed to have had a child with the Russian leader.
4. Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who has campaigned against corruption and for financial transparency is allegedy along with several family members, of secretly owning a network of offshore companies in panama according to the Pandora papers.
5. King of Jordan
The leaked financial documents show how the king of Jordan secretly amassed a property empire in the UK and USA worth more than £70m (over $100m). They identify a network of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands and other tax havens used by Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein to buy 15 homes since he assumed power in 1999.
6. Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky is allegedly said to have transferred his stake in a secret offshore company just before he won the 2019 election.
7. Guillermo Lasso
Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso, a former banker, replaced a Panamanian foundation that made monthly payments to his close family members with a trust based in South Dakota in the USA.
8. Imran Khan
Members of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's inner circle, including cabinet ministers and their families, secretly own companies and trusts holding millions of dollars.
9. Andrej Babis
Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis is facing an election later this week and is said to have failed to declare an offshore investment company used to purchase two villas for £12m in the south of France.
10. Nicos Anastasiades
President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus appears to have provided fake owners to disguise the real owner of a series of offshore companies.