The Malta Independent 24 June 2019, Monday

No investigation on Panama Papers: Police corps hijacked by government – PN

Friday, 10 June 2016, 14:27 Last update: about 4 years ago

The report in The Malta Independent in which the police admitted there will not be any investigation into the companies set up by Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri in Panama shows how much the administration of the force has been hijacked by the Labour Party, the Nationalist Party said in a statement today.

Instead of having a coprs serving the people, we have a corps that serves the government, the PN said in a statement issued by deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami and Shadwo Minister for Home Affairs Jason Azzopardi..

Two days ago, The Malta Independent reported that the Maltese Police Force will not be carrying out further individual investigation related to the Panama Papers as it feels that, on the basis of the information obtained by the local authorities, there isn’t the necessary reasonable suspicion to the level required by law that a crime has been committed.

Evidence that emerged on No-Portfolio Minister Mizzi and Chief of Staff Schembri shows that there is enough information that should lead the police to investigate suspicions of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion. But the police, who should be there to see that no laws are broken, have chosen to act as a defender of the Labour government.

The appointment of a new acting commissioner – the fifth police chief in this administration – did not strengthen the corps. Instead, matters have gone for the worse. While closing both eyes to what Mizzi and Schembri did, the police find nothing wrong in using an iron fist against common citizens.

The PN insisted that the police open an investigation into the Panama Papers scandal that involved Mizzi and Schembri, and once again said that a police commissioner should be appointed with the approval of two-thirds of the House of Representatives.

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