The Prime Minister’s top aide Keith Schembri yesterday dismissed questions about his secretive offshore dealings as “stupid”.
Facing questions by Times of Malta after exiting the law courts following a libel case about corruption allegations levelled against him by former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, Mr Schembri refused to entertain any questions about the Panama Papers.
Asked about draft business plans involving the Dubai company 17 Black, which was set to earn him and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi $1 million each through their Panama companies, Mr Schembri replied: “Maybe I used them to pay your wages, like I did over the past three years.”
In a statement, Allied Newspapers categorically denied Mr Schembri’s comments.
“Kasco is simply one of the many suppliers to Allied’s sister company, Progress Press,” the company said.
I have been answering your stupid questions for four years
Mr Schembri, who before the June 2017 election described