115 Names on Slovak List of Panama Papers, Mostly Foreigners

(Stock photo by TASR/AP)

Bratislava/Praha, April 5 (TASR) – Around 11.5 million documents have been leaked from the Mossack Fonseca law firm based in the tax haven of Panama, with at least 115 people from Slovakia, the Czech Investigative Journalism Centre reported on its website on Tuesday.

The Slovak list isn’t, however, made up of only Slovak names. Most of them are Dutch, while there are also Serbs, one Canadian and one Slovenian.

As many as 95 names on the Slovak list are linked to a company called Green Carbon Renewables S.A. Most of them are Dutch with an address in Sladkovicovo (Trnava region). “Director of this company is a well-known white horse [a dummy in the matters of criminal activities to cover up the real criminal, who profits thereby – ed. note] John Novak from Vancouver, who was a president of Canadian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce between 2004-2006. His name was mentioned in various supranational firms,” reports investigace.cz website.

Mossack Fonseca has registered Green Carbon Renewables, which was established in August 2012, on the British Virgin Islands. Emails revealed that lawyers recommended not stating the firm’s real address in the documents. According to a passport John Novak sent to Mossack Fonseca, he was born in Burnaby (British Columbia) near Vancouver. In eight months time Novak received a Monaco resident card.

Among the owners of Green Carbon Renewables were also two Serbians – Snezana Ilic and Olga Kiendler. The third woman on the list was Helena Dubisova, a business partner of Serbian tycoon Marko Prazic. Dubisova stands as a director of CALLA MARITIME S.A. based also on the British Virgin Islands. The Slovak list also features one of the richest Slovenians – Sergej Racman, who is an owner of a company that manufactures 3D glasses.

One of the Slovaks on the list is Milan Hosek, who has been trading in stocks and bonds for a long time. He’s also an investment consultant and blogger. He was active in the 1990s, when he had obtained share packages in multiple privatised companies. Hosek currently runs akcionar.sk website, where he offers consultancy in terms of investments. Hosek, along with Marek Rosa and Ivana Rosova, is supposed to be registered in a company called AI ASSETS LTD based on Seychelles.