Millions of leaked files relating to offshore tax havens have implicated high-ranking figures including leading politicians and their associates. The revelations may be a boon to tax authorities, but they are triggering anger in many countries.
Germany's federal investigators have paid up to 5 million euros for the trove of documents at the center of the so-called Panama Papers leak. While controversial, the purchase of stolen bank data is legal.
The Maltese government has reacted angrily after a German state's finance minister called the EU island state "Europe's Panama." Now officials are hunting down Germans allegedly using Malta to dodge the taxman.
Voters are going to the polls in Malta in early elections forced by allegations of corruption against the government. The vote comes toward the end of Malta's six-month presidency of the EU.
The country's attorney general has claimed the probe "has been taken away from us," citing a legal challenge. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether to reactivate the probe into rampant tax avoidance.
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