Keith Schembri (left) with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after Labour’s election victory last year
The Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri has once again dodged a cross-examination in court as part of a libel case he had instigated against former PN leader Simon Busuttil two years ago.
In court today, Schembri argued for the first time that a cross-examination could prejudice the outcome of ongoing magisterial inquiries into the Panama Papers and insisted it be postponed until after the inquiries are concluded.
Schembri had sued Busuttil in March 2016 after the then-PN leader addressed an anti-corruption protest in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal – which revealed that Schembri and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi owned offshore companies.
On 16th October 2017, Schembri took to the witness stand to swear on the cross that he never received kickbacks, an incident which prompted Daphne Caruana Galizia to write her last-ever blogpost before she was