Former Pilatus Bank employee Maria Efimova could be charged in Malta with perjury and slander in the wake of the Egrant magisterial inquiry, according to a report in The Malta Independent.
Efimova, who was late journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s main informer for her story that the Panama company Egrant belongs to the Prime Minister’s wife, is currently living in Greece and has warned her life would be at risk if she were to return to Malta.
She is already facing two sets of criminal proceedings in Malta – one for allegedly defrauding Pilatus Bank out of €2000 and another for falsely accusing three police officers of maltreating her when they had interrogated her for alleged fraud.
Malta issued a European Arrest Warrant against Efimova after she failed to show up at court, but a Greek court of appeals ruled in June that she should not be extradited to Malta because there was no assurance she would be given a fair trial and appropriate protection.
According to police sources who spoke to The Malta Independent, the police are looking at filing fresh charges against her, this time for perjury and slander, which could mean that another European Arrest Warrant will be issued against her.
The report goes on to claim that other people besides Efimova could be charged in relation to the Egrant inquiry in “the coming days”.