The 17 Black scandal explained

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2018-11-20T15:12:11+00:00Tue, 20th Nov '18, 15:12|

If all the loose ends are too much, Simon Busuttil patiently takes you through the 17 Black scandal and why you should be furious right now. If you aren't angry it's because you haven't understood what this is costing you. So watch this.

Satabank ‘victims’ have lunch in protest at EY lobby

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2018-11-20T14:56:45+00:00Tue, 20th Nov '18, 14:36|

Employees of companies whose accounts are held up at Satabank for over a month sat down for lunch today at the entrance of the Ernst&Young office in Msida protesting at the "amateurish" way the 'competent person' appointed by the MFSA to administer the bank is managing the crisis there. I spoke to a number of [...]

Rings a bell?

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2018-11-20T11:08:21+00:00Tue, 20th Nov '18, 11:08|

John Oliver two days ago. Tell me if this is familiar in any way. Parental advisory to the editor of l-orizzont, Brian Hansford and fellow travellers. The video contains frequent use of the f-word. Shudder. For the rest of you grown-ups this is compulsory viewing.

Organised crime: do we know it when we see it?

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2018-11-20T10:11:11+00:00Tue, 20th Nov '18, 10:06|

A prosecutor in Bari has declared the case of a woman who thumped a journalist for asking her uncomfortable questions, an act of mafia. For decades we have gone on with the idea that organised crime is for movies and other countries we go to for holidays. It is clear we need to think again. [...]

Darren Debono in Malta

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2018-11-20T09:42:51+00:00Tue, 20th Nov '18, 09:42|

Malta Today scoops everyone this morning with the news Darren Debono is back in Malta. There have been many reported sightings but Yannick Pace is the first to confirm the news. He doesn't say how he confirms it as his sources appear to be people who actually saw it but there is no quote from [...]

Michael Farrugia confirms, then backtracks. But did he do either?

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2018-11-19T16:13:49+00:00Mon, 19th Nov '18, 16:11|

This is a statement issued by the Department of Information some time ago. This is supposed to be a clarification to what Michael Farrugia told TG3 yesterday. That comment appeared to confirm The Sunday Times's story yesterday that someone was about to be arrested for commissioning Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder. That was how I understood [...]

Guest Post: Fixing a broken system

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2018-11-19T13:56:58+00:00Mon, 19th Nov '18, 13:56|

The following is a guest post by PD leader Godfrey Farrugia. A United Nations Report by a Panel of Experts in September 2018 and the report by the group of international journalists behind Daphne Project published last month, suggest that smuggling activity is taking place close to Maltese territorial waters and is organized by an [...]

If you’ve been arrested, give us a shout

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2018-11-19T13:49:26+00:00Mon, 19th Nov '18, 13:49|

No news as yet of any arrests in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia a day after they were pre-announced in the now infamous The Sunday Times front page story. It is wrong to dismiss the report in the newspaper. It has not been denied by any of the agencies mentioned in it, [...]

I am Spartacus

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2018-11-19T13:01:20+00:00Mon, 19th Nov '18, 13:01|

Happy to share this with you. Resident troll Pearl Fava posted under a link to a post of mine challenging me on whether my wife, Clemence, was responsible for the enhancements to the yellow canvas around the Great Siege Memorial last week. Pearl Fava does not know my wife doesn't need anyone to speak on [...]

Administrative indifference

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2018-11-19T12:31:56+00:00Mon, 19th Nov '18, 12:31|

Several hundred clients of Satabank continue to suffer hardship as they’ve had their bank accounts frozen for a month now. There has been no indication yet by Ernst & Young, appointed by the MFSA to manage the bank when any of these funds would be released to customers. Frustration mounts as Maltese authorities appear to [...]

G Leone Ganado: 17 or more Black questions (1)

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2018-11-19T09:02:03+00:00Mon, 19th Nov '18, 08:55|

This is the first in a series by Godfrey Leone-Ganado reviewing what is known of Electrogas and identifying oddities that may perhaps only be answered by a proper 17 Black inquiry. In the light of the recent revelations on 17 Black, the Dubai money laundering vehicle set up by Yorgen Fenech and targeted as a [...]

Michael Farrugia confirms The Sunday Times Daphne assassination investigation story: “We hope to make arrests soon”

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2018-11-18T21:30:41+00:00Sun, 18th Nov '18, 21:30|

After a day of silence, Police Minister Michael Farrugia confirmed the report in this morning's The Sunday Times, speaking to TG3 earlier today. "The investigations are still ongoing. Europol has important information we are working on and we hope that soon those responsible are arrested". Michael Farrugia was quoted by Rai 3 speaking in English [...]

17 Black: no denial, no confirmation, no comment

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2018-11-18T20:54:46+00:00Sun, 18th Nov '18, 20:46|

It’s been a whole day now since we’ve read on The Sunday Times the police are conducting a criminal inquiry into 17 Black. The Sunday Times did not explicitly say so, but it did imply the Prime Minister’s chief of staff and a government Minister are suspects in a criminal investigation in a major corruption [...]

The Sunday Times story implies Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri are under a criminal investigation. Where are their resignations?

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2018-11-18T11:23:13+00:00Sun, 18th Nov '18, 11:23|

There’s a lot of thinking and asking that comes out of the stories on this morning’s front page of The Sunday Times. Somehow Labour spinners are presenting this is some form of vindication. There is one simple stark fact that emerges from the information given to The Sunday Times and we’re going to assume everyone [...]

Repubblika: A civil society movement

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2018-11-18T08:16:57+00:00Sun, 18th Nov '18, 08:16|

Press Release A number of activists from civil society announced the establishment of ‘Repubblika’, a civil society organisation to participate in the national dialogue on the observance and enhancement of monitoring mechanisms of human rights, and of protecting and enhancing democracy in Malta.  The activists declared their commitment towards constitutional values, which they called the [...]