Maltese Attorney General 'should make Egrant inquiry report public'

By agency reporter
July 30, 2018

The French and Maltese anti-corruption organisations, Sherpa and Il-Kenniesa, have requested full publication of the Egrant Inquiry Report from the Attorney General of Malta. This judicial inquiry cleared the Maltese Prime Minister and his relatives, following allegations regarding their involvement in suspicious transactions in the context of the Panama Papers.

The wife of Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, his Chief of Staff and Keith Schembri, his Minister of Energy, Konrad Mizzi, were all suspected of holding offshore accounts connected to the Panama Papers scandal.

Many of these allegations were first made public on the blog of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in October 2017.

An inquiry was opened in Malta 15 months ago regarding the beneficial owner of Egrant Inc who was alleged to be the Prime Minister’s wife.

The findings of the Magistrate’s investigation report were revealed during a press conference given by the Prime Minister on 22 July 2018. According to the 49-page report of the inquiry, the owner of Egrant was unable to be identified.

The Prime Minister requested that the report be disclosed to him in its entirety, a request that was granted by the Attorney General of Malta.

Sherpa and Il-Kenniesa are now also requesting the Attorney General to disclose the report in its entirety and make it public. They say citizens must be able to access this report, and cannot rely solely on information that may be disclosed by the Prime Minister’s Office. Especially as the Prime Minister could himself be involved in the case.

The organisations say public interest compels the Maltese authorities to publish the report, as its content may help in the fight against financial crimes. It could also lead to further investigations.

* Sherpa https://www.asso-sherpa.org/home

* Il-Kenniesa https://www.facebook.com/Il-Kenniesa-143608709537025/

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