Pilatus Bank Whistleblower Claims Powerful Azeri Oligarch Behind Mysterious 17 Black

Days after the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri refused to state who owns 17 Black, the mysterious Dubai company linked to his Panama company, the company owner’s identity may have just been revealed. 

Maria Efimova, the former Pilatus Bank employee turned whistleblower, took to Twitter to claim 17 Black is owned by Manuchehr Ahaadpur Khangah – an Azeri-Iranian oligarch who used to have Pilatus Bank accounts for a number of now-defunct Maltese companies. 

She also claimed that Khangah, a keen gambler, had named the company after the 17-point rule in blackjack. Questions sent by Lovin Malta to Khangah have not been responded to as of the time of writing.

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17 Black was first named by Daphne Caruana Galizia in February 2017 in a cryptic blogpost which included the faces of Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri, as well as of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and former EU Commissioner John

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