Magistrate Ian Farrugia has decided there are enough grounds for a magisterial inquiry to be held over money laundering allegations against tourism minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri, put forward by outgoing PN leader Simon Busuttil, related to the Panama Papers leak.
The court application filed last month, signed by shadow justice minister Jason Azzopardi and lawyer Kris Busietta, lists a sequence of events starting from Mizzi’s and Schembri’s appointments in March 2017.
The list ends with a statement by Werner Langen, the chair of the European Parliament’s Panama Papers committee, who had said during a visit to Malta in February that Mizzi’s and Schembri’s situations were a “textbook case of money laundering”.
In a tweet, Busuttil said he was delighted by the development.
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