Panama attorney Edison Teano, known to be a partner at the law firm of Mossack & Fonseca, was detained for questioning by the authorities, reportedly around the same time that the name partners of that firm were also taken into custody. Teano is said to have been involved in the use of Panamanian corporations to hide bribes received by members of a Brazilian political party; He is being investigated for money laundering, according to published reports in Panama.
The role, played by a number of lesser known attorneys at the Mossack firm, has thus far escaped media attention, though this blog has identified several of them. Many MF lawyers are seeking to avoid scrutiny, by quietly moving to Panama City law firms, obviously hoping to escape being charged with money laundering. Whether Panamanian authorities move against them is not known, but given that there are no real disciplinary agencies in Panama, to control attorney misconduct, unless the prosecutors arrest them, they will effectively evade justice for their crimes.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner
Contributed by Kenneth Rijock