Denmark's parliament building, the Christiansborg Palace, stands in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
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September 8, 2016 9:25 AM EDT

Denmark will buy documents leaked from the law firm associated with the Panama Papers as part of an effort to crack down on tax evasion in the country, according to a report.

The purchase, reported by the New York Times citing the Danish tax minister, will cost the country less than $1.5 million, a cost the government expects to recoup by pursuing individuals who Panama Papers Denmark to Buy Panama Papers Documents to Crack Down on Tax Evadersehave not paid their taxes. The papers come from the law firm Mossack Fonseca, but the report did not say whether the documents were included in the Panama Papers.

The news raises questions about the government purchase of documents leaked illegally.

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