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Lawyer Jason Azopardi says the ongoing legal battle over Bank Pilatus is “the key to opening a bigger door” and reveals other scandals involving the ultimate beneficiaries of the notorious Panamanian company Egrant. Told.
In recent months, the former nationalist MP has represented the rule-of-law NGO Repubblika, which has been accused of failing to issue arrest warrants for a number of Pilatus Bank officials despite the bank’s recommendations. , including complaints proceedings to the Chief of Police and the Attorney General. A magistrate questioning.
Jason Azopardi said on Andrew Azopardi’s talk show on 103 Malta’s Heart that murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia first sounded the alarm to a bank that had its license revoked by the European Central Bank in 2018. said.
Azopardi described the bank as a “money laundering business” and a judicial investigation into Pilatus Bank found that $1.1 million was reasonably transferred from Azerbaijan through a secretive accounting system to Pilatus Bank accounts in parallel. He said he had ordered the investigation into Egrant reopened after discovering serious suspicions. .
The payment was not investigated in the original Egrant inquiry requested by former Prime Minister Jospe Muscat.
Murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia claimed Egrant was owned by Michelle, wife of former prime minister Joseph Muscat, and that the company received US$1.017 from Leila Aliyeva, daughter of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. . Muscat vehemently denies these allegations.
An investigation that ended in 2018 found no evidence linking Muscat to a secret Panama company.
But Azzopardi said Muscat and his wife Michelle, who have always denied being Egrant owners, were “not out of the woods” and called police to investigate allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth. urged to average citizen.
He said the inaction by Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg in exonerating Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa and two Pilatus Bank officials from criminal prosecution was unacceptable and unjustified, resulting in a statute of limitations on many criminal charges. added.
Due to Gafa and Buttigieg’s inaction and the delay caused by Magistrate Nadine Lear’s refusal to withdraw herself from the appeals proceedings initiated by the Republica, “there are two serious offenses.” He said.
Azopardi said the omission and delay were not accidental, but a deliberate attempt to protect Muscat, Keith Schembri, Conrad Mizi and various others allegedly involved in money laundering and corruption. is.
Pilatus Bank’s expensive and lengthy administrative investigation finds “irrefutable evidence” of money laundering and evidence of trade-in influence by Keith Schembri, former Chief of Staff of disgraced ex-Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Found.
In September, Repubblika exhibited certified copies of international and European arrest warrants issued against high-ranking officials at the now-closed Pilatus Bank.
A warrant against the bank’s owner, Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, its operations director, Luis Rivera, and operations supervisor, Mehmet Tasri. Directed by Hamidreza Gambari. and Chief Risk Officer Antoniella Gauci said in December 2020, three months after she completed the €7.5 million Pilatus Bank investigation, she was appointed by Magistrate Ian on February 24, 2021.・Signed by Falgia. However, the warrant has not been carried out.
Pilatus Bank owner Ali Sadr Hasheminejad seeks to suspend all proceedings against him after filing a lawsuit with international investor and state dispute settlement courts through his Hong Kong-based firm. I’m here.