Jordan responded on Monday to information presented in connection with the “Pandora Papers” affair, which lists the real estate of King Abdullah II of Jordania, in the USA. Amman denounces information “inaccurate” and exaggerated “.
“Some press information published on the king’s real estate is inaccurate, distorted and exaggerated,” the Jordanian royal palace wrote in a statement, in response to the inclusion of the name of King Abdullah II in the list of personalities who had recourse among other things, tax evasion.
Targeted in the “Pandora Papers” affair, the King of Jordan, Abdallah II, was presented as the headliner of these personalities who used shell companies or offshore companies to embezzle funds, avoid country taxes, or pay for real estate.
The journalistic investigation conducted by 600 journalists around the world (part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) and which covers tax documents, nearly 12 million documents from 14 financial services companies, has pinned several personalities including heads of state, prime ministers and businessmen.
For the Jordanian king, the investigation revealed that he owned nearly fifteen luxury properties between the United States and the United Kingdom. The most recent property acquired by the Jordanian monarch is said to be a property in Malibu that faces the beach.
The operation would have been mounted thanks to about thirty shell companies in the Caribbean and Panama, the investigation advances. This would have enabled him to avoid having his name identified or linked to these properties.
On Monday, the Jordanian royal palace said that the publication by certain media of the addresses of property held by the king, including apartments and residences, posed a “threat to the safety of the king and members of his family”.
“The King owns a number of apartments and houses in the US and UK, and it’s not something new or hidden. He uses some of these apartments during his official visits and meets official guests there. He and his family members use others on private tours, ”the royal palace added.
The monarch’s lawyer also reacted following the publication of the investigation by indicating that King Abdullah used his personal fortune to acquire his real estate, and by justifying the use of offshore companies for security reasons. , discretion, and privacy.
The Jordanian palace also insisted on this point there by indicating that the fact that there was no announcement concerning these real estates came under the “private life” of the king and not of the “secrecy” and that there had been no intention of hiding them. “Measures to preserve privacy are essential for a head of state like the king,” adds the document.