The Malta Independent 18 September 2019, Wednesday

Panama Papers: UHM to attend second national protest against corruption

Helena Grech Thursday, 7 April 2016, 09:49 Last update: about 4 years ago

A spokesperson from the Unjoni Haddiema Maghqudin- Voice of the Workers said it is “highly probable” that the union will be attending this Sunday’s national protest against corruption organised by the Nationalist Party.

Pressed whether there will be a call for all members to join the protest, the spokesperson could not say, however added that they had attended the last protest.

The protest has been organised in response to the Panama Papers revelations. This refers to leaked documents regarding corporate services offered by Mossack Fonseca, the very same company who assisted Energy and Health Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri to open up secretive financial structures.

A trove of 11.5 million documents was leaked to a German newsroom, who revealed, together with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the financial dealings of 140 Politically Exposed Persons, as well as infamous criminals and dictators.

Dr Mizzi has since argued that the release of the Panama Papers documents has proved that he was saying the truth all along – specifically that the Panamanian company owned by his trust in New Zealand holds no bank accounts.

The first national protest organised by the PN was in response to revelations that Minister and the Chief of Staff’s financial structures, which saw thousands attend. The story was initially published by Malta Independent Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia on 22 February. Since then, the Prime Minister has repeatedly said that he would take action if it is found that either Dr Mizzi or Mr Schembri, or both, are not saying the truth.


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