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Founders of Panama Papers Law Firm Given Bail


FILE - Union workers protest corruption outside the Public Ministry in Panama City, Feb. 10, 2017. Panama's Attorney General's Office ordered a search of offices belonging to law firm Ramon Fonseca Mora, a partner at Mossack-Fonseca, accusing the firm of setting up offshore accounts that allowed Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to funnel bribes to various countries.

A Panamanian court has granted bail to the two founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, in a case allegedly tied to a sprawling corruption scandal in Brazil.

Following their February arrest on charges of money laundering, Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca each paid $500,000 Friday and will be set free soon, the attorney for the two lawyers, Guillermina McDonald, told Reuters.

McDonald said the court ruled the two were not a flight risk because they had been cooperating with the investigation.

Another lawyer from the firm, Edison Teano, was still being held, she said.

FILE - Partner of the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, Ramon Fonseca speaks during an interview at his office in Panama City,, April 7, 2016.
FILE - Partner of the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, Ramon Fonseca speaks during an interview at his office in Panama City,, April 7, 2016.

Mossack Fonseca emerged from obscurity in April 2016 with the Panama Papers, millions of documents stolen from the firm and leaked to the media that illustrated how the wealthy use offshore corporations to avoid taxes. Panama has not charged them in any matter related to the papers.

In the separate Brazil case, Mossack and Fonseca turned themselves in to authorities in February after Panamanian prosecutors said they had been linked to a sweeping 3-year-old corruption investigation known as Operation Car Wash.

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