Robert Abela has urged police to investigate revelations that murder suspect Yorgen Fenech had pocketed €4.5 million through Enemalta’s purchase of a Montenegrin wind farm.
“Serious allegations were published a few days ago and the authorities must ensure full justice is done and investigate anyone involved in this case, no matter who they are, so the truth can come out,” Abela told a press conference.
“If the report is true, I feel disgusted.”
“The police have all the resources they need at their disposal and, if needs be, they’ll be given even more resources. If investigations rule there should be criminal responsibility, we expect the police to prosecute those involved.”
Abela urged all politicians and people in public life who are in any way involved in this scandal to resign out of their own free will before he forces them out.
“The decisions I have taken so far shows what my decision will be [if the investigations implicate a politician]. If anyone in public life is involved, they should take action themselves before I do so myself. Anyone in a political party must make sure that, through their behaviour, they place the interests of the country and the party before their personal interests.”
The latest scandal concerns revelations by Reuters and Times of Malta 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 Fenech, and had sold the farm to Enemalta for €10.3 million two weeks later.
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 Mizzi’s and 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.