The Malta Independent 27 June 2017, Tuesday

Police Commissioner says he cannot just investigate media claims, needs documentation

Rachel Attard and Helena Grech Thursday, 20 April 2017, 21:55 Last update: about 3 months ago

Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, in response to a phone-call from Independent MP and leader of newly formed Partit Demoktratiku Marlene Farrugia about whether he will investigate claims made about the Prime Minister and his wife, said:

"I cannot investigate claims made in the media unless I have the necessary documents to investigate".

Dr Farrugia was contacted by The Malta Independent after she posted on her Facebook page that she had called the police commssioner to investigate these allegations.

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Dr Farrugia called the police commissioner in response to claims that the elusive third Panama company acquired by Brian Tonna's Nexia BT was not in fact his, [he said it was acquired as a shelf company], but it belongs to Michelle Muscat, the wife of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

The claims were made by blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, who also alleged that US$1.017 million was transferred from one of the Azerbaijani President's daughter, Leyla Aliyeva, to Egrant Inc, using Pilatus Bank.

Pilatus Bank was opened in 2013 after the Labour Party won the March general election, Mrs Caruana Galizia said.

She had also alleged that "large sums of money" were also transferred to the other two Panamanian companies, Hearnville and Tillgate, belonging to Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minsiter's chief of staff Keith Schembri. It is said the companies are in liquidation. This week Mrs Caruana Galizia was sued for libelled twice by Dr Mizzi and twice by Mr Schembri, with the last two being filed today. 


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