BBC Newsnight: The Mystery Professor

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2018-03-22T09:51:06+01:00Thu, 22nd Mar '18, 09:51|

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 [...]

After the phoney phase

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2018-03-22T09:12:33+01:00Thu, 22nd Mar '18, 09:07|

It’s nice to watch them panic. It won’t last long. They will dust themselves off and make it look like they planned it all along. Joseph Muscat reinvented himself into a leading light of Europe having been our own little Nigel Farage for more than a decade. They’re actually trying to pin Pilatus Bank on [...]

Action on Pilatus: Too little. Too bloody late.

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2018-03-21T20:06:59+01:00Wed, 21st Mar '18, 17:29|

The MFSA "forced out" Ali Sadr from the directorship of Pilatus Bank and ordered a freeze of any transactions by him, his fellow directors and senior management and their relatives. So no late night calls to open a loan account to the chairman's sister for a million and a quick transfer of almost half that [...]

Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia comment after Ali Sadr’s arrest in the US

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2018-03-21T15:22:54+01:00Wed, 21st Mar '18, 15:22|

Statement by Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia: Malta's authorities failed to hold Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad to account, leaving our mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia, to do so alone. Hashemi Nejad threatened our mother relentlessly, claiming she caused his Malta-based bank, Pilatus Bank, reputational damage. In May last year, Hashemi Nejad brought a $40m lawsuit [...]

Cambridge Analytica, Henley & Partners, Pilatus Bank: connections we must remember

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2018-03-21T12:14:31+01:00Wed, 21st Mar '18, 12:14|

UK daily The Times has this morning reported that it “has seen evidence” linking Cambridge Analytica with Christian Kalin owner of Henley & Parterns in interference in elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines one of the countries where Henley and Partners run a passport-sales scheme like they do in Malta. The Times reports that [...]

The end of the beginning

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2018-03-21T03:18:41+01:00Wed, 21st Mar '18, 03:18|

So she was not mad after all. She was not lying. She was not a witch intent on hurting Labour because she resented its success. Not that we needed this to allow the facts she published and the evidence she presented for any rational person to be persuaded Pilatus Bank was a den of thieves, [...]

Pilatus Bank Chairman arrested in the United States

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2018-03-21T02:22:15+01:00Wed, 21st Mar '18, 02:19|

Reuters report that Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, chairman of Pilatus Bank is under arrest in the United States accused of participating in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions and funnel more than $115 million paid under a Venezuelan construction contract through the U.S. financial system. The United States have indicted Ali Sadr, 38, in a six-count [...]

G Leone Ganado: More questions on Keith Schembri’s finances

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2018-03-20T19:08:10+01:00Tue, 20th Mar '18, 19:08|

By regular correspondent Godfrey Leone Ganado: The parliamentary question as to whether Keith Schembri has a bank account in Dubai and at Pilatus Bank will remain unanswered, thanks to Anġlu Farrugia who owes much to the government may have been inclined to protect his masters from the opposition’s scrutiny. I too, like Simon Busuttil, have [...]

N Vella: Under Siege

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2018-03-20T18:36:38+01:00Tue, 20th Mar '18, 18:36|

I'm not translating Norman Vella's verses to English. Translating poetry does not really work. This was first published on Newsbook. Taħt assedju Iltaqgħu xemgħa u fjura, Ġewwa misraħ f’nofs il-Belt, Tħallew minn tfajla mbikkma, Għajn ta’ tama f’dan il-għelt.   Hemm, imħares minn tliet ġganti, Weqfin, siekta, viġilanti, Tpoġġa nkwatru b’wiċċ ta’ mara, B’daqqa t’għajn [...]

Greek MEP appeals to Greek authorities to prevent extradition to Malta: it “would seriously jeopardize her life”

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2018-03-20T18:32:36+01:00Tue, 20th Mar '18, 18:28|

Left MEP and journalist Stelios Kouloglou is calling on the Greek government to grant Maria Efimova protection from Malta's request for her extradition. He has been helping Maria Efimova with an appeal to the Greek Ministry for Home Affairs for a Greek residency permit having already been declined by the Cretan authorities. She has been [...]

MEPs ask Greek authorities to protect Maria Efimova and family

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2018-03-20T18:02:24+01:00Tue, 20th Mar '18, 18:02|

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 [...]

We’re in for the long haul

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2018-03-20T15:23:29+01:00Tue, 20th Mar '18, 15:23|

If anyone thinks there’s any quick way out of the country’s current predicament they have another thing coming. This is not a battle that can be won with a single great find, a single major development that will bring about everyone’s realisation that change is necessary. Positions are entrenched. The local mafia is not merely [...]

Prestigious New York state institution grants free speech award to Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-03-20T08:06:54+01:00Tue, 20th Mar '18, 07:56|

Daphne Caruana Galizia will be honored posthumously with the 2017 Tully Award for Free Speech, presented by the Newhouse School’s Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University. The Tully Center for Free Speech is located at the Samuel Irving Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York was started in 2006 with a bequest from Joan A. Tully, a 1969 graduate of [...]

GUEST POST: A letter to three parties

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2018-03-19T18:05:40+01:00Mon, 19th Mar '18, 18:05|

Sent in by Patricia Mifsud: I’ve just finished reading the blog-post Cambridge Analytica psyops methods were used in Malta and have been moved to write this open letter to our Members of Parliament from both sides of the House. I appeal to all present Labour and Nationalist Members to think very, very carefully about the [...]