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Bono speaks out after being named in Paradise Papers

In this Monday, July 24, 2017 file photo, U2 singer Bono makes a peace sign as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France. .
In this Monday, July 24, 2017 file photo, U2 singer Bono makes a peace sign as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France. . AP Photo/Michel Euler

A small Lithuanian shopping mall, partly owned by U2 frontman Bono, is under watch for potential tax avoidance.

The Paradise Papers show Bono, also known as Paul David Hewson, has owned a major stake in a Maltese company that bought the mall in 2007.

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Since the document leak from the Paradise Papers, the Maltese company is now under investigation for allegedly avoiding paying almost $70,000 CDN in taxes.

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In a statement to The Guardian, Bono claims to know nothing of any wrongdoing.

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“I’ve been assured by those running the company that it is fully tax-compliant,” he wrote. “But if that is not the case, I want to know as much as the tax office does, and so I also welcome the audit they have said they will undertake.”

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“I take this stuff very seriously,” the 57-year-old singer continued. “I have campaigned for the beneficial ownership of offshore companies to be made transparent. Indeed this is why my name is on documents rather than in a trust. The fact is, I welcome this reporting. It shouldn’t take leaks to understand what’s going on where. There should be public registries so that press and public can see what governments, like Guernsey, already know.”