Recently, almost 12 million documents and files exposing the secret wealth and dealings of political leaders, members of royalty, bureaucrats, billionaires and other individuals were leaked, revealing the ways the very rich and powerful hide their wealth in fiscal paradises. The Pandora Papers, examined by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, have burst onto the international scene, exposing the ways the rich move their fortunes to evade taxes and launder money. Among the names in the leaked documents are many Mexicans, some of them members and allies of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who campaigned on a promise to end Mexico’s corruption. Such connections raise questions about the country’s commitment to fighting corruption and how, realistically, the rich can be held accountable for their illegal activities.
At this event, Peniley Ramírez, a journalist who participated in the examination of the Pandora Papers, joined Center for the United States and Mexico experts Tony Payan and Rodrigo Montes de Oca to explore the contents of the data trove and the implications for the named Mexicans as the country continues its long struggle against corruption and crime.
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Rodrigo Montes de Oca
Research Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute
Investigative Journalist, Univision