Month: January 2018

Silvio Valletta agrees he’s a Politically Exposed Person investigating Politically Exposed Persons

Silvio Valletta agrees he’s a Politically Exposed Person investigating Politically Exposed Persons

Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta in court today confirmed the investigations into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia are still underway. He agreed with lawyer Jason Azzopardi, appearing for the Caruana Galizia family, that the three persons accused of homicide are the executors of the crime but the search for those who commissioned it is …

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Uncomfortably numb

Uncomfortably numb

I walked down through the crowd at the feast of St Paul yesterday in Valletta. I struck up a few conversations. As conversations in festas go, none of them where about pauline theology. We talked politics and the current state of play. And the hopeless state of the PN right now when it should be …

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Trusting the Force

Trusting the Force

Not a Jedi moment. The episode this week of a police officer caught smuggling people in breach of border rules at the airport is an inevitable warning. It is also an inevitable consequence. The government’s decision to engage, promote and re-instate people with criminal records in the police force was never a good idea. There …

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Strasbourg journalists protection platform lists Cyprus arrest warrant on Pilatus whistleblower as threat to media freedom

Strasbourg journalists protection platform lists Cyprus arrest warrant on Pilatus whistleblower as threat to media freedom

The Council of Europe’s platform for the protection of journalists and media freedom raised an alert of a “state act having chilling affects on media freedom” after Cyprus issues an arrest warrant on Maria Efimova after a complaint from a former employer. An alert on the Council of Europe’s platforms is raised when a partner …

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Pilatus filed lawsuit in the USA against Daphne Caruana Galizia. She never knew.

Pilatus filed lawsuit in the USA against Daphne Caruana Galizia. She never knew.

Pilatus Bank threatened The Malta Independent, Malta Today and The Times with prohibitive SLAPP law-suits filed in the United States the publications would not even afford to respond to. Appearing in your own defense and engaging lawyers in the United States is more than any news organisation in Malta could afford. Under that pressure, all …

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BREAKING: Three public hospitals hypothecated as security for a loan to Vitals

BREAKING: Three public hospitals hypothecated as security for a loan to Vitals

St Luke’s, Karin Grech and Gozo General Hospitals have just been tied up in a hypothec as security for a loan taken out by Vitals from AgriBank plc. AgriBank plc advertises itself as bank specialised in lending money to British farmers. Vitals has had financial problems in the last two years to the extent that …

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Owen’s real picture of Malta

Owen’s real picture of Malta

After Etienne Grech’s toe-curling performance at the Council of Europe, Malta’s government deployed Owen Bonnici as its champion at the European Parliament’s committee meeting reviewing the rule of law report the EP delegates prepared. As the diva would say, she can sing it beautifully but if the song is bad no one will like it …

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More Buttardi oddities

More Buttardi oddities

Yesterday I reported how an online business that appears to be dormant, www.buttardi.com, is reported on Zoominfo to generate revenues of 2.4 million US dollars. This would be suspicious for any tax authority in any case, but is especially problematic since Buttardi clearly belongs, at least in part, to Michelle Muscat, the prime minister’s wife, …

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