When the Panama Papers leak went public, many asked: What? There are no Lebanese involved? Actually there are, and not just a few.
According to Irish Times journalist Brian Kilmartin, who published a cartography listing all the countries mentioned in the Panama Papers, there are 486 Lebanese companies, 131 beneficiaries and 624 shareholders involved.
Unfortunately, the names of these companies, beneficiaries and shareholders have not been published. Not yet. But I’m sure it’s only a question of time before names start pouring out. And I’m looking forward to all the offended statements we’re going to drown in.
Even if we perfectly know that no measures will be taken against them – in Lebanon, cheaters are rewarded not punished – it will distract us for a while from the outdoor stench, the mosquitoes invasion, and all the sweet little things that make Lebanon such a charming country.
|Click here to see Brian Kilmartin's cartography|
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