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Panama moves to boost transparency amid documents leak

Panama's government is creating an international committee of experts to recommend ways to boost transparency in the Central American country's offshore financial industry.

President Juan Carlos Varela is trying to shore up confidence in his nation's financial sector after the leaking of 11.5 million documents from a prominent Panama-based law firm which helped create shell companies for the world's rich and famous.

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Investigators raid Panama Papers law firm property

Leaked data from Mossack Fonseca led to the Panama Papers revelations Credit: PA

Panamanian authorities raided a property used by Mossack Fonseca, the law firm whose leaked documents led to the 'Panama Papers' revelations.

"We have secured a large amount of evidence found in the location," said organized crime investigator Javier Caraballo, adding that some of the evidence was in the form of shredded documents.

The Panama Papers leaks have embarrassed several world leaders and shone a spotlight on the shadowy world of offshore companies.

Mossack Fonseca, which specializes in setting up offshore companies, has said it broke no laws, destroyed no documents and all its operations were legal.

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