Visiting MEPs still in dark if Schembri will meet them

Updated with Civil Society Network statement

Members of the European Parliament in Malta to probe the situation with regard to the rule of law were until Thursday still in the dark as to whether the Prime Minister’s closest aide, Keith Schembri, would meet them.

An invitation for a meeting this morning was sent to Mr Schembri days ago, sources close to the European Parliament said yesterday.

The delegation wants to quiz the Prime Minister’s right-hand man about his alleged involvement in cases highlighted by the Panama Papers and reports by the government’s anti-money laundering agency.

MEPs, led by Socialist Ana Gomes, on Thursday had back-to-back meetings including with Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, Attorney General Peter Grech, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit representatives, journalists and members of civil society.

Dr Grech said after the meeting he was very comfortable replying to questions, insisting he “always did his duties according to the Constitution”.

Pressed by journalists to state why

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