Panamanian court acquits 28 people tied to 'Panama Papers' scandal

More than two dozen people accused of money laundering in connection with the “Panama Papers” tax evasion scandal were acquitted by a Panama court Friday, including both founders of the now-infamous law firm Mossack Fonseca. The judge ruled that evidence taken from the law firm’s servers had not been collected in line with due process.

A Panamanian court on Friday acquitted 28 people charged with money laundering in relation to the now-defunct law firm Mossack Fonseca, the hub of the global tax evasion scandal known as the "Panama Papers".

Among those acquitted were the firm's founders, Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, the latter of whom died in May in a Panamanian hospital.

During the trial, which was held in Panama City in April, the prosecution asked for 12 years in prison for the duo, the maximum sentence for money laundering.

However, Judge Baloisa Marquinez acquitted the pair and 26 others after finding that evidence taken from the law firm's servers had not been gathered in line with due process, raising doubts about its "authenticity and integrity," a court statement said.


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