A slowed down caused by the coronavirus pandemic may be the reason why the sentencing of Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad has been set for five months after he was found guilty by a New York jury of 5 counts of money laundering, bank fraud and busting sanctions against his native Iran.

The date of the hearing has been set by trial judge Alison Nathan who gave Ali Sadr time until 10 August to make submissions ahead of his hearing. The government must file its response two days after that.

The Maltese authorities have as yet made no comment about Ali Sadr’s conviction including on whether they have made any attempt to seek the cooperation of the US authorities to investigate Ali Sadr in connection with his Pilatus Bank in Malta, shut down after endemic money laundering for politically exposed persons was revealed by Daphne Caruana Galizia.