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Germany reportedly issues arrest warrants for founders of Panama Papers firm

Suspects will allegedly face arrest if they enter the European Union.

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Former headquarters of Mossack Fonseca
Former headquarters of Mossack Fonseca
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Updated: October 20, 2020 - 7:03pm

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German officials have issued an arrest warrant for the founders of Mossack Fonseca, the firm linked to numerous illegal offshore shell corporations detailed in the bombshell Panama Papers leak in 2016. 

Juergen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca will allegedly face arrest if they enter the European Union. The Munich newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported the alleged identity of the warrant subjects on Monday.

The two suspects are in the Caribbean, from which they cannot legally be extradited. 

The public prosecutor's office in Cologne on Monday confirmed to media the existence of two recently issued international arrest warrants, though the office did not specifically name Mossack and Fonseca. 

Last month, an American court sentenced accountant Dick Gaffey to more than three years in prison for his role in the scandal. 

Gaffey for nearly two decades "conspired with others to defraud the United States by concealing his clients' assets and investments, and the income generated by those assets and investments, from the IRS through fraudulent, deceitful, and dishonest means," the Justice Department said at the time.