Maria Efimova from prison: “Please thank those who are supporting me. I am tired. I don’t know how long I can last.”

2018-03-23T11:34:28+01:00Fri, 23rd Mar '18, 11:30|

Maria Efimova called me from a pay-phone in the woman's prison in Athens this morning asking me to pass her thanks to all those who have been and are supporting her. She told me she has been informed of the statements of support since the beginning of her detention in Malta and outside and she [...]

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

2018-03-22T18:24:04+01:00Thu, 22nd Mar '18, 16:48|

(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 [...]

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

2018-03-22T15:11:37+01:00Thu, 22nd Mar '18, 13:52|

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 [...]

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

2018-03-22T13:26:55+01:00Thu, 22nd Mar '18, 13:26|

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, Athens-based lawyer Alexandros Papasteriopoulos clarified Maria Efimova was only [...]

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

2018-03-22T11:41:35+01:00Thu, 22nd Mar '18, 11:41|

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 — Simon Busuttil (@SimonBusuttil) March 22, [...]

BBC Newsnight: The Mystery Professor

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

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.

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

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

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

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, [...]