Mossack Fonseca Duo Demands Justice
Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca are suing Netflix over their new film named The Laundromat.
If those names sound familiar, they either remind you of that stressful time you had to burn fake passports and offshore-contracts a few years ago or more likely, when you read about the biggest tax scandal in recent history.
The Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, gained international attention thanks to the Panama Papers that exposed large scale tax avoidance. In 2015, Over 11.2 million documents were released, exposing fifteen world leaders, several criminals and the odd footballer.
The leak saw both Iceland and Pakistan’s prime minister resign, several protests unfold, and British PM David Cameron go on air to explain how paying tax is essential, without hiding a few quid is ok.
But, tax dollars and David Cameron’s credibility weren’t the only casualties of the affair.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist known for looking into the Panama papers, was murdered by a car bomb soon after the leak. Her murder did lead to 3 arrests, but Galizia’s family argued the investigation was not fair as senior police and a government minister were the targets of her research.
If that sounds fishy, the two partners are still free, with enough time on their hands to inadvertently promote a Netflix film. Forget stabbing someone for a pair of AirPods, setting up an offshore law firm is far more lucrative.
But, despite the murdering and helping Lionel Messi to pay for his third yacht, the two former partners of Mossack Fonseca claim the Netflix series portrays them as “ruthless uncaring lawyers who are involved in money laundering, tax evasion and other criminal conduct”. Wonder where they got that idea.
The pair is also upset that the film did not ask for permission to use the firm’s logo on “pens, clocks, speakers, hats, notebooks…”
Presumably, because this could give the now-defunct firm that’s being investigated by the FBI, Interpol, Europol and just about every other ‘pol’ a bad name. Either that, or they feel it’s deeply unfair how some people try to make money without any regard for the hard-working tax-avoiding lawyer.
What’s most upsetting to the pair is, of course, Hollywood judging them based on their full-time job of hiding money instead of their true passion that is dressing up as Bond villains. There’s more to Jurgen and Ramon. It’s just not fair.