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Argentine prosecutors wants president probed in Panama leaks

  • A worker demonstrates outside the Labor Ministry, standing on fliers that read in Spanish: "We have to fire Macri," referring to President Mauricio Macri, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Ministry workers are on strike at every labor office across the country, demanding the immediate reinstatement of dismissed workers. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    A worker demonstrates outside the Labor Ministry, standing on fliers that read in Spanish: "We have to fire Macri," referring to President Mauricio Macri, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Ministry workers are on strike at every labor office across the country, demanding the immediate reinstatement of dismissed workers. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Argentina's President Mauricio Macri gives a statement at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, April 7, 2016. An Argentine prosecutor on Thursday asked for an investigation into President Mauricio Macri's role in offshore companies, adding to the global fallout from a massive leak of documents from a Panama law firm. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina's President Mauricio Macri gives a statement at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, April 7, 2016. An Argentine prosecutor on Thursday asked for an investigation into President Mauricio Macri's role in offshore companies, adding to the global fallout from a massive leak of documents from a Panama law firm. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Macri if you have any dignity, resign," during a protest against President Mauricio Macri outside the government in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, April 7, 2016. An Argentine prosecutor on Thursday asked for an investigation into President Macri's role in offshore companies, adding to the global fallout from a massive leak of documents from a Panama law firm. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    A woman holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Macri if you have any dignity, resign," during a protest against President Mauricio Macri outside the government in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, April 7, 2016. An Argentine prosecutor on Thursday asked for an investigation into President Macri's role in offshore companies, adding to the global fallout from a massive leak of documents from a Panama law firm. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

An Argentine prosecutor on Thursday asked for an investigation into President Mauricio Macri's role in offshore companies, adding to the global fallout from a massive leak of documents from a Panama law firm.

Federal prosecutor Federico Delgado made the request to Judge Sebastian Casanello, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press. Under Argentine law, such a request is the precursor to charges, which must be decided on by a judge.

Delgado argued that an investigation is necessary to see whether Macri "maliciously" omitted his role in two offshore companies in his annual tax declarations.

Macri's press office did not immediately return requests for comment.

Macri, a conservative who ran for office last year on promises to crack down on corruption, has repeatedly said they were family businesses and he was a figurehead who received no compensation. The former mayor of Buenos Aires is son of Italian-born tycoon Francisco Macri, who is one of the country's richest people.

In the document, Delgado notes that Macri has denied any wrongdoing. However, he says Macri needs to give authorities a full report of his role and the tax dynamics of the offshore companies.

Opposition party leaders have also demanded Macri give a fuller accounting of what the companies did and why Macri was listed if he had no role.

For example, Macri shows up in documents of "Fleg Trading," a now-defunct company that was incorporated in the Bahamas. Macri has said it was set up in the late 1990s to make investments in Brazil, but that investments never materialized and by 2009 the company was dissolved.

However, he has not provided details about the company or elaborated on why he was named as a partner if he had no role and received no income.