VALLETTA: Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Sunday a year-long inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing linked to the Panama Papers scandal had cleared him.
Muscat called a snap election last year — which he won comfortably — after he and his entourage, including his wife Michelle, were accused of owning a company mentioned in the papers.
“Today, justice has been served,” a visibly emotional Muscat told a press conference.
He said a judicial investigation running to 1,500 pages showed former opposition leader “Simon Busuttil has thrived on a lie in a bid to win power.”
The extent and depth of #Egrant inquiry conclusions leave no doubt. @SimonBusuttil tried to loot the country through one big lie on #Malta’s PM @JosephMuscat_JM. Tale of falsified documents, lies, deceit now CERTIFIED by independent magistrate Aaron Bugeja. Own up @SimonBusuttil pic.twitter.com/BwlmfUODcw
— Kurt Farrugia (@KurtFarrugia) July 22, 2018
And Muscat said