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Argentina’s Macri maintains he has nothing to hide in ‘Panama Papers’ probe

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:47 GMT, Apr 13, 2016 |
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Argentine President Mauricio Macri upheld his innocence on Tuesday (April 12) regarding his links with an offshore company revealed by the “Panama Papers,” after a federal prosecutor called for an investigation.

Macri said justice should act independently and said all parties involved were meeting their obligation to fulfil their assigned roles.

He added impunity was over and that he had nothing to hide.

“So that justice acts independently. So much so that it has formally accused the president – who is speaking to you – because there are questions about issues and the president has to answer if there are concerns and no one must get angry, because everyone is playing a role. Especially, if one is calm, as I am, about the things I have been asked. And the same goes for anyone. What we are marking today in Argentina is that impunity is over. That we are equal before the law and that is what is being proposed to society looking towards the future, which requires that we all improve, right? It’s not only independence but also rigour, speed, impartiality, what justice must have, being careful with messages so that they are precise, starting from rulings,” Macri said during an event where he announced infrastructure works for the province of Buenos Aires by governor Maria Eugenia Vidal.

Macri is among scores of politicians and business figures internationally named in documents leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specializes in setting up offshore companies.

The son of an Italian-born business tycoon, Macri has said he was not legally obliged to declare his connection with the offshore company named in the “Panama Papers” as he never had a stake in it.

The president said he was simply director of the Bahamas-based company, Fleg Trading Ltd., now closed, which was created by his father to make investments in Brazil.