Panama papers: Maltese prime minister cleared of wrongdoing …

The Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat says 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 on Sunday.

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.”

Muscat said that “the only honourable thing for (Busuttil) to do is resign from all his positions, including as MP.”

The year-long probe was conducted by judge Aaron Bugeja and its conclusions were published a day after the report was passed to the attorney general.

The inquiry also did not find any

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