EU Commissioner: “worries about the origins of the wealth of Russian applications for Maltese citizenship”

2018-08-13T11:08:59+02:00Mon, 13th Aug '18, 11:08|

The Financial Times yesterday reported on the expected “Brussels crackdown on EU governments” on citizenship for sale scheme with a particular emphasis on Malta “as concerns mount about so-called dirty money from Russia”. Commissioner Vera Jourova was explicit. “In cases of any doubt, a person should not have the privilege of citizenship,” Ms Jourova told [...]

Date for Ali Sadr New York trial set

2018-08-13T07:46:52+02:00Mon, 13th Aug '18, 07:46|

A jury trial for Ali Sadr Hasheminejad has been set for 6th May 2019 at 09:30 am starting with jury selection before Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. The trial will be held in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in lower Manhattan. Ali Sadr was indicted for multiple counts of [...]

Venezuela oil company: the common factor between Ali Sadr’s scam and fresh Malta money laundering scandal

2018-08-12T19:24:50+02:00Sun, 12th Aug '18, 19:24|

Diego Giudice/Bloomberg News Venezuela state-owned oil company PDVSA is at the heart of a new money laundering investigation connecting Malta to Venezuela after two alleged participants in a billion-dollar international scheme to launder funds embezzled from the company using sophisticated false-investment schemes were arrested yesterday. The scandal was first reported in Malta by [...]

It-Torċa were not nice

2018-08-12T11:14:06+02:00Sun, 12th Aug '18, 11:14|

Nickie Vella de Fremeaux is disappointed with how it-Torċa covered their interview with her. She says they trashed a text she approved and published what they wanted. So this morning she published on Facebook her own version of that interview. The country has bigger fish to fry than the outbursts of Nickie Vella de Fremeaux. [...]

A Borg-Cardona: To the bullies out there

2018-08-12T10:49:38+02:00Sun, 12th Aug '18, 10:49|

Guest post from Andrew Borg-Cardona: I was in two minds (to go with my two faces, if my critics are to be believed) whether to add my opinion, such as it is, to the debate about the way Kristina Chetcuti is being mercilessly bullied and attacked by the trolls and hypocrites that are being coordinated [...]

16th August: Vigil for truth and justice

2018-08-17T08:31:03+02:00Sat, 11th Aug '18, 18:18|

It's hot. And it's not just the weather. But no matter how much they fan them, the flames we face are nothing compared with the ones that consumed Daphne Caruana Galizia. She ran ahead of all of us and was cut down. None of us should be surprised that we now come within range. This [...]

While you’re jabbering about bullying

2018-08-11T17:49:20+02:00Sat, 11th Aug '18, 17:49|

So we’re all talking about bullying now. If it were to serve some good end, like raising awareness about it, assessing how well equipped schools and parents are to fight it, helping people to teach their children how to manage it, how to detect it early, how to address it, that would be a good [...]

Ali Sadr is reading this

2018-08-10T15:04:12+02:00Fri, 10th Aug '18, 14:59|

  So something called Pilatus Holdings issued a statement saying David Casa should be stripped of his immunity as an MEP so they can sue the bejesus out of him. Contrary to what some media reported in the press today Pilatus Holdings is not a bank. So no, there was no ‘crossing of swords’ between [...]

Right of reply denied

2018-08-10T11:37:10+02:00Fri, 10th Aug '18, 11:37|

Some days ago the PN’s media called me a liar. They said I had reported the PN Parliamentary Group voted in favour of a law allowing cannabis cultivation in Malta when this was not true. I hadn’t. I did report Adrian Delia cut short debate on the matter in the Parliamentary Group and failed to [...]

If the Russians love their children too

2018-08-10T11:06:46+02:00Fri, 10th Aug '18, 09:58|

Believe it or not, even I hesitate to write about certain topics out of fear of being snapped out of context and have my words twisted. This blog is often laced with references to my own many faults and weaknesses, my own mistakes and misjudgements. But I would always want to avoid discussing my parenting [...]

Magistrate Aaron Bugeja: “not my job to find out who owns Egrant”

2018-08-10T09:13:30+02:00Fri, 10th Aug '18, 09:08|

A transcript of a series of questions asked by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja as part of the Egrant inquiry in an unpublished portion of the inquiry report seen by this website, shows the Magistrate’s interpretation of his terms of reference excluded the determination of who owns Egrant. “Se nagħmililek ċara. It-terms of reference tiegħi mhumiex li [...]

‘You’re next’

2018-08-10T09:24:23+02:00Fri, 10th Aug '18, 08:46|

If you are the type to walk around town fearing you might be blown up, you no longer walk around town. Fear of imminent death is in itself a form of execution. It is a classic Mafia tool. Speak to any journalist who has worked in Italy and they will tell you that the method [...]

G Leone Ganado: The investment adventures of Keith Schembri and Aaron Bugeja’s conclusions

2018-08-10T08:19:12+02:00Fri, 10th Aug '18, 08:19|

This is a guest post by veteran auditor Godfrey Leone Ganado who compares his findings into data on Keith Schembri's investments with MFSP, leaked FIAU investigations and the published conclusions of the Egrant inquiry. When you're done you can sit down to wonder why the police called in Pierre Portelli and Jonathan Ferries for questioning [...]

As good as it gets

2018-08-09T16:40:23+02:00Thu, 9th Aug '18, 16:40|

The ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ philosophy articulated rather naively but for that no less sincerely by Justin Schembri really aspire for one thing: a collective regression to the primordial sub-intellect of political fandom. No political party has anything to envy Labour unless of course, other political parties see their scope for existence [...]

Family asks government for public inquiry into whether Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killing could have been avoided.

2018-08-09T15:57:56+02:00Thu, 9th Aug '18, 13:35|

(Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images) The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia has today called on prime minister Joseph Muscat to establish a public inquiry into whether her assassination in October 2017 could have been avoided. This request is supported by a legal opinion prepared by European Human Rights law experts Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and [...]

What’s Edward Scicluna for then?

2018-08-09T13:28:41+02:00Thu, 9th Aug '18, 10:43|

  Few people will ever transact a quarter of a billion euro. At that level numbers no longer make sense to most people. It’s not being simple or mathematically challenged. It’s just that those values have no experiential context for most people’s reality. It’s like an astronomer trying to explain to me how far is [...]

Why can’t you be a bit more like Labour?

2018-08-09T10:10:58+02:00Thu, 9th Aug '18, 10:10|

Justin Schembri is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Even in a drawer of spoons. The image of his article in-Nazzjon (see below) is making the rounds and your eyes inevitably fall on the highlighted bit where he says “Maybe the Nationalist Party should get closer to the Labour Party and imitate it in [...]

#occupyjustice condemns ‘political persecution’.

2018-08-08T12:06:40+02:00Wed, 8th Aug '18, 12:06|

A statement released earlier by #occupyjustice: Despite #occupyjustice’s repeated pleas, the Malta Police did not act on the FIAU reports that exposed Konrad Mizzi’s and Keith Schembri’s money laundering crimes. However, the Malta Police seem to be very keen to chase after people, like the former Inspector Jonathan Ferris, who have fought for the truth [...]

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