Yesterday’s fresh scandal concerns were just an appetiser for what is to come, Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi has warned.
“When, a couple of months ago, I told my ‘friends’ that there was going to be an earthquake this summer, there were those who thought I was exaggerating,” Azzopardi wrote on Facebook earlier today. “There were those who, even among my ‘friends’, tried to be funny. Yesterday’s story was an appetizer, even if shocks many.”
The latest corruption reports by Reuters and Times of Malta state that Cifidex, a company which Reuters said is owned by Azeri national and former Electrogas director Turab Musayev, had bought a Montenegrin wind farm for €2.9 million after receiving a loan from the main suspect in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case Yorgen Fenech. Cifidex had sold the farm to Enemalta for €10.3 million two weeks later.
It is alleged that Cifidex then repaid Fenech the loan, along with a further €4.6 million, with the money passing through Fenech’s company 17 Black, which was identified as a target client of former Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi’s and former OPM Chief of Staff Kieth Schembri’s Panama companies.
Musayev has denied any wrongdoing and has said he had no reason to suspect Fenech had any involvement in Caruana Galizia’s murder.
He said Cifidex had its own independent management and that his business with Fenech involved due diligence from reputable and established bankers, accountants and lawyers.
Azzopardi, who is the lawyer of the Caruana Galizia family, said there were more and worse revelations to come to light in the next two months, including a person who until now has not been named in the investigations.
“Afterwards, you’ll know I had reason to call the Labour Party a defacto criminal organisation as defined by the Criminal Code,” Azzopardi finished.