Members of the ad-hoc Rule of Law Delegation to Malta stated:

It has come to our attention that Russian whistleblower Maria Efimova, in fear for her life and the security of her family, walked into the Greek police, in Athens, last night, asking for protection.

Maria Efimova is a material witness in investigations on corruption and money laundering in Malta, involving Pilatus Bank and government members exposed by Panama Papers and Malta’s FIU.

We call on the Greek authorities to provide Maria Efimova with protection and safeguard of her security and that of her family and to not return her to Malta.

The statement was signed by S&D MEP Ana Gomes (Chairman, ad-hoc delegation to Malta), EPP MEP David Casa, ECR MEP Monica Macovei, GUE-NGL MEP Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Greens-EFA MEP Sven Giegold