Boris Johnson’s Marbella villa owned by Zac Goldsmith featured in the Pandora Papers

Boris Johnson’s controversial holiday in Spain came under new scrutiny today when it emerged that the luxurious £ 25,000-a-week property on the Costa del Sol where he is staying is linked to a tax evasion dispute.

The prime minister has been on vacation in the luxurious villa of his partner Tory Zac Goldsmith with his wife Carrie and their young son Wilfred, where he has relaxed painting in the hills of Marbella in southern Spain.

He had already faced criticism for taking a break amid the fuel crisis and empty supermarket shelves plaguing the British.

But today the trip received new attention when it became known that the property appears in the so-called ‘Pandora Papers’.

This is the name given to the notorious leak of nearly 12 million documents that reveal hidden wealth, tax evasion and even money laundering by some of the world’s rich and powerful.

The documents show that the estate is in the hands of “an opaque offshore structure based on multiple tax havens,” says The Guardian.

This structure apparently implies that the property is owned by a Maltese company which, in turn, is owned by companies in the Turks and Caicos Islands and is managed by a Swiss-based estate planning company.

Boris Johnson has been on vacation in the luxurious villa of his partner Tory Zac Goldsmith (pictured above) with his wife Carrie and their young son Wilfred, where he has relaxed painting in the hills of Marbella in southern Spain.

The prime minister pictured with former MP and Member of the House of Lord Zac Goldsmith in September 2019. There is no indication of any wrongdoing by Goldsmith, who was promoted to the Lords by Johnson.

Goldsmith, a former MP and now a member of the House of Lords, declined to discuss the details of the deal, but the newspaper goes on to say that the prime minister is on vacation ‘on property that appears to be in the hands of a chain of companies. in secret jurisdictions it will likely raise questions about their commitment to reforms designed to introduce transparency in overseas property ownership in the UK ”.

There is no indication that Goldsmith, who was promoted to the Lords by Johnson, committed any crime, but the document notes that the documents he has seen “raise questions as to whether Goldsmith has valuable and income-generating assets abroad.”

The arrival of the prime minister and his family in Andalusia over the weekend had even sparked comments in the Spanish media about his decision to go on vacation while Britain is going through a fuel and food crisis.

The Spanish television channel Canal 3 reported on the absence of the British prime minister live from the estate this morning.

While Johnson insists he continues to work to solve Britain’s growing problems, he has been seen lounging on the terrace of the luxury property with his hands behind his head and painting.

Before Carrie’s move to number 10, it was revealed that Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are relaxing spending their nights painting together, with some of their pieces hanging on the walls of their south London apartment.

The pool of the villa in Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Documents show that the estate is in the hands of ‘an opaque offshore structure based on multiple tax havens’

An outdoor seating area on the property in Marbella. The prime minister has faced criticism for the timing of his overseas trip, amid Britain’s continuing fuel and energy crisis.

A living room within the property. Goldsmith, a former MP and now a member of the House of Lords, declined to discuss the details of the deal.

The prime minister had sheltered himself from the 30-degree sun during the day, but emerged when the temperature dropped.

The prime minister has faced criticism for the timing of his overseas trip, amid Britain’s continuing fuel and energy crisis, along with the publication of a scathing report that exposed a number of flaws committed by the ministers in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

But No. 10 and government figures have defended their right to take a vacation this week, and Security Minister Damian Hinds said it was “important to the whole country” that their political leader had time to disconnect.

He has also been seen working on his laptop between periods of relaxation and is regularly kept up to date on work in progress to address current fuel and supply chain issues, according to his spokesperson.

The Pandora Papers have named more than 100 billionaires, 29,000 overseas accounts, 30 current and former leaders, including earlier this month Tony and Cherie Blair and the wife of Sir Philip Green.

The farm is just a short drive from the picturesque town of Benahavis and has its own helipad to ensure VIP tourists can arrive and depart without being seen.

Carrie Johnson pictured with Goldsmith (left, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid right, campaigning in 2017)

The No. 10 and government figures have defended their right to take a vacation this week, and Damian Hinds said it was “important to the entire country” that their political leader had time to tune out. In the photo: Boris and Carrie took a family break with Wilfred in Scotland last year.

It was revealed that Tony and Cherie Blair avoided paying £ 312,000 in stamp duty when they bought a £ 6.45 million office in London.

The Blairs denied wrongdoing after it was said they were able to save more than £ 300,000 in stamp duty when they acquired the property by buying the offshore company that owned it.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the couple said that they had bought the property “in the normal way through reputable agents” and that they should not have been “drawn into a story about secrets” hidden “from prime ministers, etc.

It also emerged that Sir Philip Green’s wife, Tina, bought four London properties using an offshore company when BHS collapsed in 2016, including a £ 15 million apartment in Mayfair.

Through their lawyers, both Sir Philip and Lady Green declined to answer detailed questions from the BBC about the squandering of property, suggesting it was private matters.