Konrad Mizzi trying to block Panama Papers evidence gathering, court told

Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has accused Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi of using all possible legal manoeuvres to block an inquiry into the Panama Papers.

Dr Mizzi last week filed a Constitutional application arguing that his right to a fair trial was being breached by the request for an inquiry filed by Dr Busuttil.

The minister demanded that no decision should be taken about whether to hold the inquiry until his arguments about a human rights breach before the Constitutional court were heard.

Dr Busuttil and civil society group Repubblika took to the courts to again demand an inquiry in March due to the “institutional paralysis” over the Panama Papers scandal.

In reply to the Tourism Minister’s request to postpone the inquiry decree, Dr Busuttil told the court on Monday that an inquiry was merely an evidence-gathering process, not a hearing or a trial.

“No one is prejudiced by the gathering of evidence”, Dr Busuttil

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