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An appeal against a magistrate’s decision to investigate whether Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri broke money laundering laws will be heard in public, Mr Justice Antonio Mizzi ruled this morning.
The investigation was ordered in light of Panama Papers revelations about the secret companies in Panama opened by Mr Mizzi and Mr Schembri and their trusts in New Zealand. The investigation also involves Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, former Allied Newspapers managing director Adrian Hillman, Nexia BT officials Karl Cini and Brian Tonna and businessman Malcolm Scerri.
They had appealed the magistrate’s decision and also asked that appeal hearings be heard behind closed doors.
Opposition leader Simon Busuttil objected, insisting that proceedings should be in open court. He had also urged Mr Justice Mizzi to recuse himself, because he is married to Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi. No decision has been taken