The Malta Independent 29 February 2020, Saturday

Public inquiry: 15 reports related to Panama Papers were sent to police - FIAU director

Monday, 20 January 2020, 17:07 Last update: about 2 months ago

Current FIAU Director Kenneth Farrugia has said that a total of 15 reports related to tne Panama Papers were sent by the FIAU to the police.

He was testifying in the public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Asked whether amongst these reports were some on Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi, Brian Tonna, and Adrian Hillman, Farrugia admitted there were some, but the rest of his testimony was heard behind closed doors.

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Follow the minute by minute testimony as it happened below

4.55pm: The board pushes Farrugia into saying whether amongst these reports were some on Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi, Brian Tonna, and Adrian Hillman. Farrugia is hesitant but admits that there were some. The board raps Farrugia for his hesitance, to which Farrugia retorts that he is being asked about specific cases and expects that he is asked about such things behind closed doors.

The board accepts Farrugia's request.  The rest of his testimony will be held behind closed doors. That effectively means that that is all that we can bring you from today's sitting. The next public inquiry sitting will take place on Wednesday at 2pm.

4.50pm: Judge Mallia asks whether investigations into PEPs related to the Panama Papers had continued.  Farrugia says they did.  Asked what became of them, he says that a number of reports were sent to the police in connection with the Panama Papers. He said that a total of 15 reports related to the Panama Papers, not necessarily related to PEPs, were sent to the police.

4.48pm: Farrugia states that he was appointed director of FIAU on 13 February 2017.  Madam Justice Lofaro asks whether he had worked with the FIAU before, to which he replies that he had not, having worked in audit with the government.

Madam Justice Lofaro noted that there is a seven month gap between his appointment and the resignation of his predecessor, and asked whether there was any handover.  Farrugia said that he received a handover from the deputy director.

Judge Mallia asks whether there was continuity in terms of the work which was ongoing, to which Farrugia replies in the affirmative.

Former FIAU director Manfred Galdes testified earlier

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