Last updated 6pm with reaction by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sons
Pilatus Bank whistleblower Maria Efimova will not be extradited to Malta because of concerns about her safety, an Athens court ruled on Thursday.
The decision follows appeals by MEPs who had warned about her safety should she be brought back to Malta.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in an initial reaction said the decision did not reflect a lack of trust in Malta. He also pointed out that the extradition request was made by the Maltese courts, independently of the government.
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sons said the decision was an indictment of Malta’s collapsing rule of law.
Ms Efimova was one of the sources used by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia when she claimed that the prime minister’s wife was the ultimate beneficiary of proceeds in Egrant Inc, a secret Panama company.
Ms Caruana Galizia had published Ms Efimova’s account, which included details about an alleged $1 million transfer to Egrant from