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Panama raids homes of law firm partners in Brazil bribe case

By on February 11, 2017

Union workers protest corruption outside the Public Ministry in Panama City, Friday, 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. (Arnulfo Franco/AP)

Union workers protest corruption outside the Public Ministry in Panama City, Friday, 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. (Arnulfo Franco/AP)

PANAMA CITY — Panamanian anti-corruption prosecutors have searched the homes of the partners of a law firm accused of setting up offshore accounts that allowed a Brazilian construction company to funnel bribes to multiple countries.

Public Ministry agents arrived Friday at the homes of Ramón Fonseca Mora and Jurgen Mossack of the Mossack-Fonseca firm.

The two men have been in custody for questioning since Thursday, when the law firm’s offices were searched.

Fonseca claims the case is about seeking a “scapegoat” to avoid a true investigation of who accepted bribes from the company.

Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has admitted to paying some $800 million in bribes across Latin America.

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