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These Are All The 11 Suspects Who Were Charged In Today’s Massive Maltese Court Case

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Malta was left stunned today as several high-profile people were prosecuted over a range of serious accusations, from corruption and money laundering to false testimony.

The suspects are pleading not guilty to all the charges, but magistrate Charmaine Galea turned down their requests for bail.

The charges are related to two magisterial inquiries. One inquiry is related to allegations that Keith Schembri channelled over €650,000 to then-Allied Newspapers Managing Director Adrian Hillman between 2011 and 2015. The other is related to suspected kickbacks amounting to €100,000 from the sale of citizenship between Schembri and Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna.

Here’s a breakdown of everyone who was charged today and the individual charges they’re facing. 

Keith Schembri

Keith Schembri

Keith Schembri

The chief of staff of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the owner of the Kasco Group of companies. He has been charged with corruption, money laundering, criminal conspiracy, fraud, giving false testimony and making false declarations.

Alfio Schembri

Keith Schembri’s father and chairman of Kasco Holdings Ltd. He has been charged with money laundering and criminal conspiracy.

Malcolm Scerri 

Keith Schembri’s business partner and CEO Kasco Group. He has been charged with money laundering, criminal conspiracy, and corruption.

Robert Zammit

An accountant who works with the Kasco Group. He has been charged with money laundering, criminal conspiracy, and breaching his duties as an accountant.

Left: Brian Tonna, Right: Karl Cini

Left: Brian Tonna, Right: Karl Cini

Brian Tonna

The founder and partner of Nexia BT, the financial services firm which had infamously set up Panama companies for Keith Schembri and former minister Konrad Mizzi, as well as the mysterious Egrant. He has been charged with money laundering, crimes connected to corruption, submitting false declarations to authorities, fraud and giving false statements to the courts. 

Karl Cini

An accountant and partner of Nexia BT, who was personally involved in the establishment of the Panama companies. Like Tonna, he has been charged with money laundering, crimes connected to corruption, submitting false declarations to authorities, fraud and giving false statements to the courts.

Manuel Castagna 

An auditor and Nexia BT partner. He has been charged with money laundering, submitting false declarations to authorities and fraud.

Katrin Bondin Carter

Nexia BT’s financial controller. She has been charged with money laundering. 

Matthew Pace

Matthew Pace

Matthew Pace

A director of Zenith Finance (formerly MSFP Financial), a financial advisory firm which Keith Schembri used to handle his overseas investments. Pace recently sat on the Planning Authority’s board but resigned because of a conflict of interest due to his involvement in real estate.

He has been charged with money laundering, false declarations and criminal conspiracy.

Lorraine Falzon 

The compliance director of Zenith Finance. She has been charged with money laundering, false declarations and criminal conspiracy.

Vince Buhagiar 

Former managing director of Allied Newspapers, which publishes Times of Malta. He has been charged with money laundering, criminal conspiracy, fraud, corruption and false declarations to both Customs and Malta Enterprise.

Besides these 11 individuals, several companies were also charged: 

What do you make of today’s developments?

READ NEXT: That Crook Keith Schembri Is In Court Again Today, Pleading That He Is Not A Crook

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