Watch: Justice minister hits back at rule of law critics as MEP voices exasperation over his ‘lack of concern’

Investigative journalist, Caruana Galizia son also address EP committee

Updated 9pm 

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici on Monday hit back at claims that the rule of law is failing in Malta when he replied to questions from MEPs at an exchange of views in the financial crimes committee known at Tax3,

Dr Bonnici said the government was committed to a continuous process of reform and would maintain open dialogue with the European Commission and other institutions.

In his opening remarks, Dr Bonnici also hit back at concerns about money-laundering and tax evasion in Malta.

He said €12.5 million had been recovered through the Inland Revenue Department’s Swiss Leaks investigations and five million euro from its Panama Papers investigations. The department also recovered a further four million euro in penalties.

Facing questions by firebrand MEP Ana Gomez about the “corrupt” Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi, Dr Bonnici said two major inquiries had

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