Prosecutors said the operation had been carried out at the offices of Mossack Fonseca in Panama City “without incident or interference”. Police carried out raid along with officials from an organised crime unit. Officers set up a perimeter around the headquarters while prosecutors entered the offices to search for documents.
The leaked “Panama Papers” have shown how some wealthy people use offshore firms to evade tax and avoid sanctions.
The firm has denied wrongdoing. It says it is the victim of a hack and that the information is being misrepresented.
Afterwards, the attorney general’s office said the aim had been “to obtain documentation linked to the information published in news articles that establish the use of the firm in illicit activities including financing terrorism”.
The statement added that searches would also take place at subsidiaries of the firm.