February 2017

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is facing a conflict of interest probe over a submarine deal with the German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp, DW reports. This is the third government crisis caused by ThyssenKrupp’s submarine deals. The German conglomerate has been embroiled in similar scandals in Greece and Portugal. The deal entailed Israel buying three Dolphin class […]

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Claims by the MEPs investigating the Panama Papers scandal that the documents presented to a committee last week pointed to potential money laundering were “wrong”, Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Konrad Mizzi insisted yesterday. Asked about Pana committee chairman Werner Langen’s comments last week, the minister reiterated his previous claims that he […]

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analysis By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Kuala Lampur — Unlike Wikileaks and other exposes, the Panama revelations were carefully managed, if not edited, quite selective, and hence targeted, at least initially. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its main sponsors. Nevertheless, the revelations have highlighted some problems associated with illicit financial flows, as […]

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Both points have met resistance from EU states who have argued that revealing people involved in trusts may violate privacy and data protection rules. They say that anyone who wants to access such information must demonstrate a “legitimate interest”. The latest vote on the EU’s anti-money laundering directive is part of an ongoing saga following […]

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Myanmar’s English newspaper of record has outlasted the jailing of one of its founders for contrived offences, a suffocating censorship regime not lifted until 2012 and a controversial early connection with the junta. It may not outlast its current management. By SEAN GLEESON | FRONTIER THE NEWSPAPER lived long enough to vindicate its existence, a […]

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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s decision to retain Konrad Mizzi in his Cabinet and Keith Schembri as his chief of staff, despite the political backlash of the Panama Papers baffles political observers. … read more at: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/74845/analysis_keeping_konrad_against_all_odds

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Shortly after breaking the Panama Papers, an international exclusive that shed light on illegal offshore banking around the globe, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists should have been riding high. Instead, the scrappy cross-border investigative team was facing the dreary prospect of laying staffers off due to a financial squeeze at its parent organization, the […]

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FOCUS The hearing into the Panama Papers petitions seeking disqualification of prime minister has completed and now the nation is impassionedly waiting for the verdict. Irrespective of who wins or who loses the case, the marathon proceedings spanned over four months have exposed the inherent weaknesses and ineffectiveness of the state institutions which are meant […]

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Shortly after breaking the Panama Papers, an international exclusive that shed light on illegal offshore banking around the globe, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists should have been riding high. Instead, the scrappy cross-border investigative team was facing the dreary prospect of laying staffers off due to a financial squeeze at its parent organization, the […]

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Opposition leader Simon Busuttil is becoming “a serious threat to democracy” after his “unprecedented” attacks on the police force and the police commissioner, the home affairs ministry said today. The ministry’s remarks were made after Busuttil earlier called on police… read more at: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/74813/police_chief_home_affairs_minister_must_resign__busuttil

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FOCUS The hearing into the Panama Papers petitions seeking disqualification of prime minister has completed and now the nation is impassionedly waiting for the verdict. Irrespective of who wins or who loses the case, the marathon proceedings spanned over four months have exposed the inherent weaknesses and ineffectiveness of the state institutions which are meant […]

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Manfred Galdes, the former head of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, told the European Parliament’s Pana committee last Monday that he had investigated the Panama Papers case thoroughly, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt. Former FIAU director Manfred Galdes. Dr Galdes, who resigned as the head of the FIAU last August, told the committee: […]

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