Day: March 22, 2018

GUEST POST: Commission review of Malta — ‘You risk losing it all’ (Updated)

GUEST POST: Commission review of Malta — ‘You risk losing it all’ (Updated)

(18:20. Adds note below) Someone known to me was at the Commission briefing on their 6 monthly report in the presence of Edward Scicluna still shaken from being woken up early yesterday with news Ali Sadr had been detained. Here’s a summary of today’s proceedings. At the European Semester (lavish) breakfast meeting, an upbeat introduction …

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The court on Labour criticism of Daphne and Peter Caruana Galizia and Andrew Borg Cardona: Absolutely untrue.

The court on Labour criticism of Daphne and Peter Caruana Galizia and Andrew Borg Cardona: Absolutely untrue.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, Peter Caruana Galizia and Andrew Borg Cardona were awarded €12,000 in damages today in a total of 6 libel suits they filed against the Labour party media and exponents of the Labour party for alleging the law firm of Peter Caruana Galizia and Andrew Borg Cardona were awarded government contracts due to …

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Maria Efimova’s lawyer: There is no warrant from Cyprus. There’s only the one from Malta chasing her on Ali Sadr’s complaint

Maria Efimova’s lawyer: There is no warrant from Cyprus. There’s only the one from Malta chasing her on Ali Sadr’s complaint

Doubts have been cast on whether Cyprus police went through with filing an international arrest warrant against Maria Efimova following a complaint filed four months ago by a Russian jeweller she worked for over 4 years ago. In an interview with Greek TV news site tvxs.gr, Athens-based lawyer Alexandros Papasteriopoulos clarified Maria Efimova was only …

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Have PEPs withdrawn funds from Pilatus Bank since Ali Sadr was handcuffed?

Have PEPs withdrawn funds from Pilatus Bank since Ali Sadr was handcuffed?

MFSA has since yesterday taken responsibility to authorise or otherwise any and all transactions at Pilatus Bank. Cut the confidentiality crap now. We are talking about a criminal conspiracy and we deserve answers. At the time news of the arrest of Ali Sadr in the United States broke, in the dark wee hours of yesterday …

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That crook Schembri missed court today, no longer bothering with the pretense he is no crook

That crook Schembri missed court today, no longer bothering with the pretense he is no crook

There are crooks everywhere you look. And there are crooks in a US jail. And there are crooks in hiding. Surprise, surprise, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff @keithaschembri did NOT turn up in Court today to face questions on @PanamaPapers. What is he afraid of? #DaphneCaruanaGalizia @ICIJorg https://t.co/PtTPBVtMSm — Simon Busuttil (@SimonBusuttil) March 22, …

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GUEST POST: And Laurence Cutajar wonders why the US Attorney does not call him.

GUEST POST: And Laurence Cutajar wonders why the US Attorney does not call him.

Guest post by someone known to me. So the Maltese Police Force is trying to justify its lack of action against the Chairman of Pilatus bank Ali Sadr by arguing that the US Authorities never got in touch with them. Not only, but as a gesture of goodwill they are now offering to assist the …

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BBC Newsnight: The Mystery Professor

BBC Newsnight: The Mystery Professor

Watch John Sweeney’s film about innocent looking assets used by Russia to conduct its cold war activities in the rest of the world. One of these is Maltese star Joseph Mifsud a mystery professor never fully explained. And still in hiding. Apart from recommending this film because it’s a sheer pleasure to watch, you need …

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EURONEWS: Critics round on Malta after banker charged in U.S. with evading sanctions

EURONEWS: Critics round on Malta after banker charged in U.S. with evading sanctions

Coverage of yesterday’s events on Euronews. “The arrest and the U.S. charges (of and against Ali Sadr) are also a setback for the European Union’s regulators who have attempted to tighten EU banking controls in recent years, putting the European Central Bank in charge of monitoring big euro zone banks.” See the full report here.