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Former head of Peruvian intelligence

César Almeyda

Links to corruption case led Mossack Fonseca to resign as the offshore company's agent

Related to  Peru
Data from: Panama Papers
César Almeyda is a former lawyer and adviser to Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. He served as his head of intelligence for three months in 2003. Later he was embroiled in scandals, including one resulting from an audiotape in which he was said to be discussing bribing judges with a fugitive Army general who was wanted on charges of corruption. He later served nearly 34 months in prison in that case. He was released in 2006, then sentenced to another four years in 2007 on related charges, at least part of which he served under house arrest. Questions arose in 2010 about whether Almeyda had bank accounts in overseas tax havens, prompting him to issue a firm denial and assert that investigators in 2004 found no such overseas accounts.

In the data

In 2004 employees of Mossack Fonseca realized via a newspaper article that César Almeyda was a public official working for Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. The story linked Almeyda to a corruption case and a company registered by Mossack Fonsecca. As a consequence, Mossack Fonseca resigned from representing the firm. According to Mossack Fonseca internal communications, Trei Investments Corp.was incorporated in Panama in 1999, but never paid its fees nor had any activity . The former head of Peru's intelligence agency was director and secretary of the firm from just after its creation, which dated back to when he worked as a lawyer. He appeared as the main contact for the business. In 2000 the company was sold, but Almeyda remained as a director. Though Mossack Fonseca resigned as the company's agent, the company showed up as active in the Public Registry of Panama in December 2015 with César Almeyda as one of its directors.

Response

Despite repeated attempts, ICIJ was unable to locate either Almeyda or an email or other address or phone number for him.
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