After keeping a relatively low profile in the week following the Panama Papers leak, President Mauricio Macri addressed the nation this evening to, once again, plead innocent and announce his intention to send Congress a bill guaranteeing access to public information.
Speaking from the Casa Rosada, Macri stated the law would allow citizens to request information from the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government and receive said information within 15 days.
Responding to news that today he was indicted by Prosecutor Federico Delgado in the Panama Papers Case, Macri announced that he would voluntarily present himself before the corresponding judicial authorities to clear his name.
“I have peace of mind. I’ve abided by the law and have nothing to hide,” he stated.
“Tomorrow I will present myself to the civil justice so that a judge may verify that what I have said is true and that I haven’t maliciously omitted anything from my 2007 tax statements.”
He also announced his intention to hand his assets to a blind trust, which is “a trust independently administering the private business interests of a person in public office to prevent conflict of interest.”
And then he ended with a touching ode to trust.
Macri is implicated in the 11.5 million leaked documents from the Panama-based firm Mossack Fonseca that reveal confidential goings-on in the realm of tax evasion and shady financial activities of the world’s elite. His name appears as the director of an offshore company called Fleg Trading Ltd and as vice president of another called Kagemusha.
Ever since the story broke this past weekend, Macri and his administration have denied any wrongdoing and clung to the legality of the President’s actions: because he allegedly didn’t make any money off the companies listed in the Panama Papers, he is not legally required to mention the companies in his tax statements. However, many are skeptical of his purported innocence, and many others denounce what they see as a breach in ethics.