Thailand investigates sixteen people on Panama Papers list

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 8:28 AM

The individuals are among scores of politicians and business figures worldwide who feature in the massive document leak from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specializes in establishing offshore companies.

Thailand is investigating sixteen people, including current and former politicians and famous business people, whose names appeared in the "Panama Papers", a top official at the country'south Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) said on Friday.

The individuals are among scores of politicians and business figures worldwide who feature in the massive document leak from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specializes in establishing offshore companies.

The investigation into possible money laundering is at an early stage and Thai authorities have so distant found number proof of wrongdoing, AMLO acting Secretary-General Seehanat Prayoonrat told reporters on Friday.

Thailand has sought cooperation from Panama'south anti-money laundering agency, he said, and wouldn't release the names of the individuals on the list until authorities had verified the leaked information.

Seehanat said he didn't know if any members of the Thai military government were on the list.

"We're doing preliminary checks," he said.

(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Writing by Simon Webb; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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