Busuttil assessing options after request for inquiry turned down

Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil is assessing his options after his request for a magisterial inquiry into the Panama Papers was turned down

The Criminal Court on Tuesday said that Dr Busuttil had failed to indicate sufficiently that any crime had been committed, in his request for the protagonists of the data leak to be investigated. 

In July 2017, Dr Busuttil had asked for a magisterial inquiry to be opened into the allegations. At the time, Magistrate Ian Farrugia had found that there was enough reason to justify an inquiry, but appeals had been immediately filed against that decision by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri, Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna and Karl Cini, and businessmen Malcolm Scerri and Adrian Hillman.

Mr Justice Giovanni Grixti said in this week’s judgment that Dr Busuttil had given a number of facts which in themselves did not indicate any

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