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DCG uploads alleged text showing Egrant declaration of Trust, Michelle Muscat named

Helena Grech Friday, 21 April 2017, 20:39 Last update: about 3 years ago

Journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia has uploaded a text from her personal blog which she claims to be the declarations of trust showing that shares in Egrant Inc are held by Mossack Fonseca nominees for “Mrs Michelle Muscat”, also providing her date of birth, 16/05/1974.

She uploaded the text from two alleged declaration of trusts which show that there are at least two shares in Egrant Inc, and that two companies called Dubro Limited S.A. and Aliator S.A. are the nominees in the name of “Ms Michelle Muscat nee Tanti”. 

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In both texts, it concludes by saying “The declaration of trust is dated 20 August 2015 and is signed by Jacqueline Alexander as director of Dubro Limited S.A.”

“The declaration of trust is also dated 20 August 2015 and is signed by Jacqueline Alexander as director of Aliator S.A”.

In the text for both alleged declaration of trusts, it says that the address registered to Egrant Inc is:

“EGRANT INC., 807956S, of The Penthouse, Suite 2, Capital Business Centra, Entrance C, Triq taz-Zwejt, San Gwann, SGN3000, Malta”.

Egrant Inc is the third company names in the Panama Papers scandal that was acquired by Brian Tonna of Nexia BT, along with the Panama companies of Minister without portfolio Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri.

Yesterday, Mrs Caruana Galizia alleged that the owner of Egrant Inc is the Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat, and that the company received US$1.017 million from the daughter of the Azerbaijani president Leyla Aliyeva, through her Dubai company. She alleged the transaction was facilitated through Pilatus Bank of Ta’ Xbiex Malta.

It must be said that this is not a screen shot of the alleged documents, but an alleged copy and paste of the text. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife have vehemently denied these claims, called for authentic proof, and have described the allegation as a "frame-up".

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