Winebox Winston giddy with glee over John Key’s Tax Haven knowledge

New Zealand First Leader, Winston Peters, says the Government must know tax avoidance is occurring in Pacific nations through the use of offshore trusts.

It follows a statement from the anonymous leaker behind the Panama Papers this morning which singles out Prime Minister John Key for being “curiously quiet” about Cook Island tax affairs. It also says that in Niue, Mossack Fonseca has essentially run “a tax haven from start to finish”.

Mr Key is the only world leader to be named in the 1800 word manifesto by the whistle-blower, who goes under the pseudonym John Doe.

“Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand has been curiously quiet about his country’s role in enabling the financial fraud Mecca that is the Cook Islands,” says the leaker.

A database of information from the Panama Papers is due to be released in a searchable digital format on Tuesday at 6am titled: “The Revolution Will Be Digitized”.

Mr Peters told The Nation the statement shows John Key had to know that tax avoidance through foreign trusts was occurring in Pacific nations, and he expects more revelations to come.

“If you come from Merrill Lynch and pose as a financial wiz kid you would surely be expected to know more than most,” he says

Mr Peters also says the mention of the Prime Minister by the whistle-blower is an indication of where the scandal is set to unfold in this part of the world.

“[New Zealand’s] positioned here in the South Pacific, giving aid to countries who [are] at the same time running tax haven utilities or using all sorts of fancy phrases for cheating and fraud and money laundering.”

Brace yourselves.  This is only the start.


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