Keith Schembri, the former OPM chief of staff, is expected to be charged this morning over a magisterial inquiry into a money-laundering scheme involving former Allied Newspapers managing director, Adrian Hillman.
Schembri is just one of a number of individuals called to the police’s financial crimes unit this morning, along with Karl Cini and Brian Tonna of Nexia BT and Schembri’s wife, Josette Schembri.
The potential charges follow an inquiry into a leaked Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit report which found that Schembri had channelled over €650,000 to Hillman in suspicious payments between 2011 and 2015 in a deal which saw his company, Kasco, supply a printing press to Times of Malta in 2018.
It is believed that the funds were transferred via a number of offshore companies and accounts based in Gibraltar and Switzerland, as well as the infamous Pilatus Bank.
Just a few days ago, Schembri himself broke the news that he will be charged over the conclusions of the inquiry, claiming that the inquiry was ploy by the “establishment” to harm the Labour Party.
“In a few more days I will be charged. Not because I committed a crime. For the establishment, the ‘crime’ of which I am guilty is my participation as part of a team led by Joseph Muscat which led to a series of electoral victories for the party I love so much,” Schembri wrote on Facebook.
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