UPDATED: Mafia slot machine king arrested: laundered money through Malta company formerly held by fiduciary co-owned by David Gonzi

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2018-02-02T20:51:42+00:00Fri, 2nd Feb '18, 19:51|

Italian police have arrested Benedetto Bacchi known as "Ninì", nicknamed the King of Slot Machines. He was part of the Palermo Cosa Nostra. He was arrested with another 30 suspects the closure of 50 slot machine outlets and the arrest of 4 million euro. Benedetto Bacchi ran an operation of some 700 outlets generating a [...]

The Guardian: EBA investigation into Pilatus

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2018-02-02T18:38:50+00:00Fri, 2nd Feb '18, 18:38|

The Guardian marks the beginning of a regulatory investigation into the supervision of Pilatus Bank. The European Banking Authority is acting on requests from the European Commission and the European Parliament. Because that's what regulators do when they receive reports of alleged wrong doings in an organisation within their competence. They look into them. They don't [...]

Friends. What benefits?

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2018-02-02T16:44:44+00:00Fri, 2nd Feb '18, 16:44|

I wrote yesterday that Panama-company-owning, oil-procurement-interfering, alleged-hospital-contract-fixing, reported-boat-purchase-commission-making, alleged-power-station-collusion-crook, Minister Konrad Mizzi was walking buddies with Darren Casha who spent a long time away from the country running from creditors. It looks like there's a proper bromance going on here, a mutual admiration society of two. Does Konrad Mizzi think there are no further depths [...]

MEPs defend Maria Efimova from slander in Cypriot media

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2018-02-02T11:42:30+00:00Fri, 2nd Feb '18, 11:42|

The following is a statement by MEPS from across the political spectrum of the European Parliament denouncing reports in the Cypriot media -- carried with conviction of fact by Labour journalists here -- slandering Maria Efimova who corroborated other eye witness accounts of wrongdoing at Pilatus Bank. Brussels, 02 February 2018 Joint Statement Recently, several reports [...]

UPDATED: Misguided empathy

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2018-02-02T16:58:16+00:00Fri, 2nd Feb '18, 11:29|

Updated 16:00. A copy of the actual decision by Magistrate Joe Mifsud is here. The premises for his conclusion are carefully documented so perhaps there may be alternative analyses of his reasoning. 30_01_2018-3_2018-109986 I’ve known Magistrate Joe Mifsud for many years. He was my first boss when he headed news at Bay Radio. I was 15 [...]

Truth to power

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2018-02-02T09:41:29+00:00Fri, 2nd Feb '18, 09:41|

I wish to pay tribute to the young lad who stood in front of the President and spoke to her about what really matters. I have spent the last 4 months lamenting that most protesters for justice and rule of law had wrinkles and white hair, or beards. A copy of his speech is here. [...]