The Malta Independent 4 August 2020, Tuesday

‘Why haven’t the police called for Konrad Mizzi yet?’ – Jason Azzopardi

Monday, 6 July 2020, 20:12 Last update: about 28 days ago

PN MP Jason Azzopardi asked on Monday why the police have not yet called for former Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi, seeing that he is involved in some of Malta's "most scandalous" deals.

Azzopardi was speaking during Monday's parliamentary session, where he said Enemalta was used as "a funnel for money laundering" by the government at the time.

"I want to express a number of thoughts on Enemalta and how in 2013, it was used with the intention of serving as a funnel for a coordinated operation between public officials and Konrad Mizzi who was minister at the time," he said referring to the controversial Montenegro windfarm deal.


"Joseph Muscat said that Montenegro deal was disgusting, while Edward Scicluna said that the government is a victim, but how can they say that when the when the taxpayer is the one who suffered?"Azzopardi said.

Last month, an investigation by The Time of Malta and Reuters revealed that 17 Black, the Dubai company owned by Yorgen Fenech, made a profit of €4.6 million from Enemalta's purchase of a windfarm in Montenegro. Fenech stands charged with being a mastermind in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had written extensively about the controversial Montenegro deal that involved former energy minister Konrad Mizzi.

He said that this shady deal was met with no consequences as it was the press which had to reveal the "dirty operations of money laundering" that where taking place through Enemalta.

"Why haven't the police called for Konrad Mizzi yet?" he asked, while pointing out that the former minister was involved in several scandalous deals, including VGH, Streamcast and the infamous Panama Papers.

Azzopardi also asked why the police had not sent for former Enemalta chairman Fredrick Azzopardi.

He also expressed utter disbelief that Malta is the only country mentioned in the Panama Papers where no one was arraigned.

"As the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote, if Malta's rule of law allowed for steps to be taken in the same way other countries did, Daphne's death could have been prevented," he said, emphasising that it was Daphne who was close enough to revealing what was actually happening in Montenegro.

Azzopardi currently stands as the lawyer for the Caruana Galizia family in the murder case.



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