Appeals court throws out order for Panama Papers investigation

An order by Magistrate Ian Farrugia for a magisterial inquiry into the revelations from the Panama Papers was revoked by the court of appeals on Tuesday in a decree describing allegations made by former PN leader Simon Busuttil as speculative. 

The court said that the facts presented in and of themselves did not to amount to criminal acts.

Back in July 2017, Magistrate Farrugia had found sufficient grounds for an inquiry to be opened into possible money laundering by government officials and other associates, on the basis of documents made public by the Panama Papers leak in 2016.

The officials were Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri, as well as businesspeople Brian Tonna, Karl Cini, Malcolm Scerri and Adrian Hillman.

The inquiry was requested by former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, who filed a request asking the court to investigate the indicated people. The request was filed some weeks

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