The Malta Independent 17 October 2018, Wednesday

Partit Demokratiku poses questions regarding visas issued to Libyan Nationals

Saturday, 21 July 2018, 11:14 Last update: about 4 months ago

The PD made reference to a report by Ivan Grech Mintoff and voice recordings on the issuing of visas, and asked a number of questions.

"Official statistics show that between 2011 and 2016, during the civil war in Libya, just under 75,000 Schengen visas were issued by Malta's Tripoli Consulate. Since then, this has now gone up to at least 88,000. Apart from the Schengen Visas, according to the Libyan whistleblower, a large but unknown number of medical visas were issued at the same time."

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"A person close to the Prime Minister, and working within his office in a position of trust, has been linked to an alleged racket where these visas were sold for profit. The whistleblower has alleged that there have been hundreds of these visas sold, with this person allegedly receiving a cut."

"Malta, as a member of the European Union, and being within the Schengen area, has not only privileges but also obligations to safeguard the security of Europe and its own citizens."

The Partit Demokratiku asked whether a thorough and impartial investigation occurred; whether the Foreign Affairs Ministry can give an account of the due diligence conducted on the persons who received the visas; how many are still in Malta; if there is evidence that all those issued medical visas were in need of treatment; and why the person of trust allegedly involved in the visa scandal has not resigned.

"Malta is already under investigation and threatened with litigation in the European Court of Justice regarding the handling of our financial industry. We do not need the same situation regarding the integrity of our consular offices."

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