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Prosecutor says "a great amount" of documents removed from Mossack Fonseca offices

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After 27 hours, government officials concluded a raid of the offices of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that is at the center of a global investigation into the alleged use of offshore companies for illicit activities.

"We are satisfied with the large amount of documentation that we have been able to pick up," said Javier Caraballo, the prosecutor who oversaw the operation.

He made the declaration to journalists waiting outside the offices of the law firm on 54th Street in Marbella.

Caraballo acknowledged that both he and his team had "almost two days without having slept."

He said that investigators did not find any actual documents at the firm, but rather that the records were kept on more than 100 virtual servers. He said that, at the start of the day, he had the opportunity to "talk" with Ramón Fonseca Mora, co-founder of the firm.

So far, there has been no action taken against the firm. After the analysis of the information that was collected, the prosecutor will decide if he will request judicial assistance from other countries. Attorney General Kenia Porcell reported that she has been already in dialogue with officials from Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador. She assured that she will cooperate with them.

Caraballo is a former drug prosecutor. He was named as a specialized prosecutor of financial crimes the day of the raid. 

The Superintendency of Securities also took part in the operation.

Publications on the activities of Mossack Fonseca were developed from documents obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared globally by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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