Panama Papers Law Firm IT Employee Detained On Suspicion Of Data Theft

By William Turton on at

A computer technician who works for Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers leak, has been detained in Geneva on suspicion that he recently stole large amounts of data from the firm, French newspaper Le Temps reported.

The Panama Papers, a 2.9 terabyte leak of files by an anonymous person to the International Consortium of Journalists, revealed how rich and powerful people use offshore shell companies setup up by Mossack Fonseca to avoid taxes.

A spokesperson from the Geneva prosecutors office told Reuters that it had opened an investigation in response to a complaint from Mossack Fonseca, but wouldn’t comment further. [Reuters via Le Temps]