The Malta Independent 25 September 2018, Tuesday

David Casa says he will not reveal source in order to protect the person’s life

Kevin Schembri Orland Monday, 16 April 2018, 09:34 Last update: about 6 months ago

 

PN MEP David Casa today testified before Magistrate Doreen Clarke, in connection with an ongoing magisterial inquiry established to find out who was the the person who leaked FIAU reports.

Following his testimony, he said that he will not reveal who his source was, and that this person asked him not to reveal their name. He said he will defend this person and this person’s life, mentioning the need to ensure that what he says does not put his source’s life in peril.

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Casa had last February presented to Magistrate Aaron Bugeja the leaked FIAU report which speaks of alleged kickbacks received by Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri from a company connected to Armada Floating Gas Services Malta, owners of the LNG tanker berthed in Marsaxlokk. He testified about this report.

He said that tomorrow another battle starts, regarding the media. He is referring to the news that a consortium of 18 news organisations will be pursuing the stories that had been followed by slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and will be publishing the work. The news organisations include the New York Times, The Guardian, and Süddeutsche Zeitung, the newspaper behind the Panama Papers revelations. 

He said he will keep helping the media until all the truth is revealed, and that criminals and corrupt persons face justice. “Democracy, in the end, will win.”

Previously in this inquiry, PN MP Simon Busuttil had refused to tell the courts the name of his source who leaked him the FIAU reports regarding OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.

Busuttil, following his testimony, had said "I was asked to reveal the source who passed me information regarding Keith Schembri's corruption and money laundering. I refused, as I had given my word to grant every type of protection to anyone ready to reveal information. I kept my word."

He had added that he "defended people who wanted to fight against corruption, while Joseph Muscat defends those people who are under investigation for corruption. This is the sad state of justice our country finds itself in. There are many people who are suffering because justice and the law mean nothing to this government. I will continue fighting for justice."

 

The original complaint was lodged by the FIAU over the reports published in the local media regarding Pilatus Bank compliance reports.

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