No, it is not OK for Ministers to meddle in criminal investigations.

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2017-11-30T13:21:37+01:00Thu, 30th Nov '17, 13:12|

Carmelo Abela is nobody’s least favourite Labour Minister. He certainly is not mine. He’s not alleged to have secret companies in off-shore jurisdictions. He’s not alleged to have visited brothels while on government duty. He’s not known to have threatened whistle-blowers with prison. He’s not suspected of having facilitated fabrication of documents to help illegal [...]

LISTEN: The Ferris Tapes (Part 4) (updated with transcript)

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2017-11-30T13:09:53+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 23:31|

This is the fourth and final portion of an extended interview I had with whistle-blower Jonathan Ferris. For this portion, Ellen Trapp from ARD TV and myself took Mr Ferris in front of the building that houses Pilatus Bank. I asked Mr Ferris questions he could not answer because of the secrecy obligations that still [...]

Nexia BT’s refusal to meet the EP delegation

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2017-11-29T23:39:59+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 23:13|

Once again Nexia BT, the firm of the prime minister's accountant at the heart of the Panama scandal, will not be answering questions of a second European Parliament motion to Malta. Brian Tonna is citing professional secrecy. Let us be clear. Technically he is correct. An accountant is not even allowed by law to confirm [...]

Azerbaijan Journalists: Azeri authorities should end impunity. Daphne “contract-killing culmination of impunity for crimes against journalists”

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2017-11-29T22:28:58+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 22:27|

This is a statement by independent Azerbaijan journalists organisation Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety. They list the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in a list of crimes perpetrated against journalists who investigated the Azerbaijani regime: Azerbaijani Authorities Should Put an End to Impunity for Crimes against Journalists The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: His privilege? Ours he means.

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2017-11-29T22:39:58+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 22:12|

Yet another Labour Minister conflates government with parliament. Michael Farrugia today claims he is protected by parliamentary privilege from the criticism of a family that has lost their wife and mother to political assassination six weeks ago and have seen nothing from the government except signs of an orchestrated attempt to cover up what really [...]

Going south

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2017-11-29T17:44:04+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 17:44|

Etienne Grech has been crowned "Il-Ministru tas-Sawt" an extra-constitutional honorofic which the Labour government appears to reserve to the more embarrassing in its ranks. His predecessor Silvio Parnis was no Nobel laureate. But if half the army got promoted before the last election and the other half got medals for being there, why shouldn't the [...]

How proper democracies function

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2017-11-29T09:54:22+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 09:54|

Compare what goes on in this polity, where state, government and party are indistinguishable and like something from the council of Nicaea that indivisible trinity is personified in Joseph Muscat, and other normal democracies. A policeman whistle-blower in Ireland clear his throat to accuse the force that employed him of corruption. To cover themselves his [...]

Passing the resit

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2017-11-29T09:23:01+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 09:23|

The government has been awarding itself medals for faint praise it has received for the new press law it is piloting through parliament. International rights organisations have expressed relief that the draconian proposals the government first put forward have been partially withdrawn after the opprobrium they raised. The sense of relief that the fascist disaster [...]

Skills starvation

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2017-11-29T08:39:27+01:00Wed, 29th Nov '17, 08:39|

In the interview he gave us, Jonathan Ferris spoke of his involvement in the Libya visa scam investigations. He described a container of documents being delivered to him and a bunch of policemen reporting to him sifting through heaps of paperwork. Until they gave up and were taken off the case to investigate something else. [...]

Crypto-denial

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2017-11-28T19:24:25+01:00Tue, 28th Nov '17, 19:24|

Yesterday’s parliamentary question from Godfrey Farrugia asking the prime minister whether the government was considering accepting crypto-currencies to sell passports was a smart question indeed. He got an unambiguous response from the prime minister. “No” the government is not planning to sell passports for bitcoins. Why is the question significant? Vanuatu is a micro-state that [...]

Norman Lowell goes on a pilgrimage

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2017-11-27T17:09:46+01:00Mon, 27th Nov '17, 17:09|

Norman Lowell went on a trip to Bavaria on what he describes as a "spiritual and political pilgrimage". He peered from the mountain top views enjoyed by his "hero" Adolf Hitler. Then he posed with a bust of Adolf Hitler and smiled inanely like some people pose with a wax replica of the pope at [...]

Will Keith Schembri ignore the European Parliament again?

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2017-11-27T14:39:03+01:00Mon, 27th Nov '17, 14:39|

Keith Schembri should accept the invitation of the European Parliament’s delegation coming to Malta this week to answer their questions on what he knows about corruption and money laundering. He has already twice dodged the PANA committee on two visits, causing embarrassment to the his boss the prime minister, the government he leads, the party [...]

G Leone Ganado: The Egrant questions

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2017-11-27T08:58:07+01:00Mon, 27th Nov '17, 08:58|

By Godfrey Leone Ganado, who here reminds us of the many outstanding questions on the third Panama company and asks some new ones. The two declarations of trust dated 20 August 2015, which were in the kitchen-safe at Pilatus Bank as alleged by whistle-blower Maria Efimova, are both allegedly held by the subscribers to the [...]

LISTEN: The Ferris Tapes (Part 1) (updated with transcript)

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2017-11-27T09:58:00+01:00Sun, 26th Nov '17, 21:33|

I interviewed Jonathan Ferris about his experience investigating corruption and money laundering at the Police and the FIAU from which he was summarily dismissed. In this first part of the interview, Jonathan Ferris speaks of direct Ministerial interference in police investigations and of resource starvation for investigations into crimes committed by high profile people in [...]

More Mossack Fonseca files passing to the Malta police: we should have an independent inquiry

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2017-11-26T20:48:04+01:00Sun, 26th Nov '17, 19:54|

Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports the German federal procesutor is passing to the Malta police all information connected to Malta in some 3 terabytes of data from Mossack Fonseca servers purchased from an unknown source and leaked separately earlier in 2017, over a year after the ICIJ leaked the Panama Papers. The Munich prosecutor spent 2 million [...]

Tendering for government work is beneath the dignity of Labour Party officials

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2017-11-26T19:04:35+01:00Sun, 26th Nov '17, 19:04|

William Lewis, Segretarju Organizzattiv of the Labour Party, and recently commissioned by direct order for government works in Birżebbuġa is a veteran beneficiary of architectural engagements of government work without the bother of a competitive process to allow others better than him at the job a chance to make an offer. The quality of his [...]

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