PANAMA CITY — Organized crime prosecutors raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm Tuesday looking for evidence of money laundering and financing terrorism following a leak of documents about tax havens it set up for wealthy international clients.
Soon after news reports based on a trove of documents from the firm began emerging more than a week ago, Panama’s government had said it would investigate.
A half dozen police officers set up a perimeter around the offices while prosecutors searched inside for documents. They were under the command of prosecutor Javier Caravallo, who specializes in organized crime and money laundering.
The attorney general’s office said in a statement that the objective of the raid was “to obtain documentation linked to the information published in news articles that establish the use of the firm in illicit activities.” It said searches also were made at other subsidiaries of the firm in Panama and at the telephone company’s computer support center.
Mossack Fonseca has denied any wrongdoing, saying it only set up offshore financial accounts and anonymous shell companies for clients and was not involved in how those accounts were used.
The law firm said on its Twitter account Tuesday night that it “continues to cooperate with authorities in investigations begin made at our headquarters.”