Joseph Muscat has hit out at the Nationalist Party after it called for the Egrant inquiry to be revisited, warning certain people within the party aren’t after the truth but revenge.
“The PN’s mask has slipped and it has shown it doesn’t believe in the institutions if they don’t dance along to their tune,” Muscat said. “After an independent inquiry, which lasted months, had access to all necessary resources and used international experts, certain PN exponents don’t want to accept the facts.”
“An inquiry which 477 people testified in found that someone had falsified Egrant documents to try and frame my family and I, and the inquiry concluded they must be prosecuted. One of these people [former Pilatus Bank employee Maria Efimova] is still overseas.”
“The PN doesn’t want the truth because that is known and proven. It wants revenge on my family and I, because they’ll never forgive me for how I repeatedly won the nation’s trust and ensured they can no longer use it as their personal possession as they had for 25 years.”
Earlier today, PN MP Beppe Fenech Adami called for the Egrant magisterial inquiry to be revisited after Nexia BT’s partners were charged with a range of serious accusations.
“The argument which has been used to dismiss the serious Egrant allegations was that documents were falsified,” he said.
“Now we know that the people who set up the Panama companies [Nexia BT partners Brian Tonna and Karl Cini] are facing a number of charges, one of which is, wonder of wonders, the falsification of documents.”
Noting that the inquiry didn’t establish who owns Egrant and why it was set up in the first place, Fenech Adami said it’s in the national interest for these two questions to be answered and urged the authorities to investigate on their own accord,
“We know that the architects of Egrant, as well as the Panama companies owned by Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi are currently in a prison cell.”
“We know that Schembri’s and Mizzi’s Panama companies were set up to receive money from 17 Black, which is owned by the suspected mastermind in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia [Yorgen Fenech]. Yes, the authorities have a duty to revisit the Egrant inquiry.”
In 2017, now-assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote that the Panama company Egrant belongs to Michelle Muscat, wife of then Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
However, a magisterial inquiry found no evidence linking Egrant to the Muscats and also found falsified signatures in alleged declarations of trust that were handed to him by then Malta Independent editor-in-chief Pierre Portelli.
Cover photo: Joseph Muscat breaks down in tears after announcing the findings of the Egrant inquiry in 2018