The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)- the same group which leaked the Panama Papers – has released a cache of 1.3 million files concerning more than 175,000 companies registered in the Bahamas.
The leaked documents from the island nation’s corporate registry provides names of directors and some owners of more than 175,000 Bahamian companies, trusts and foundations registered between 1990 and early 2016.
The leaked Bahamian files reveal details of the offshore activities of prime ministers, ministers, princes and convicted felons.
Those whose names and offshore links are being revealed for the first time include Neelie Kroes, a former European Union commissioner for competition policy.
Kroes confirmed her former directorship of the Bahamian company, Mint Holdings Limited, but said she did not declare her role because the company never became operational.
In a press release shared by her lawyer on Thursday, Kroes repeated that she informed Juncker of the “clerical error” immediately.
The European Commission said it was looking into whether to take action against former EU commissioner.
Other political and government figures named in the leaked documents include Colombia’s minister of mines and energy between 1999 and 2001, Carlos Caballero Argáez. He was listed as president and secretary of a Bahamian company, Pavc Properties Inc., between 1997 and 2008. Caballero Argáez also appeared as director of Norway Inc., a company registered in the Bahamas between 1990 and 2015.
Other high-profile revelations include two companies tied to the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and an investment of the family holding company of Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri.
Jason Sharman, who co-authored a survey of information from 40 corporate registers around the world, said the names of offshore company directors is basic information that should be easily accessible to the public.