Probe into 16 Thai nationals listed on Panama Papers

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BANGKOK – The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has launched investigation into 16 Thai nationals whose names appeared in Panama Papers scandals but it is not clear as yet whether they broke the anti-money laundering law.

Acting AMLO secretary genral Seehanat Prayoonrat said the agency is checking out with its Panama counterpart and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to help verify the names of those Thai nationals.

The investigation into possible money laundering charges is currently at an early stage and the authorities have so far found no evidence of wrongdoing, he said. AMLO would not release the names of the individuals until the authorities have verified the leaked information pertaining to those Thai nationals, who had allegedly done businesses overseas with the help of a legal firm in Panama.