Egrant inquiry: Does the public have the right to know?

The court today denied the Opposition Leader’s request to be given a copy of the findings of the Egrant inquiry, leading Adrian Delia to immediately announce he would be appealing the decision “with urgency”. The Shift analyses Judge Robert Mangion’s conclusions and the implications in terms of the public’s right to know regarding one of the most divisive cases in the country’s recent history.

The inquiry looks into whether there was evidence that the Prime Minister, or members of his family, or others who qualify as Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), referring to John Dalli, Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi, could have been involved in corruption, money laundering or suspicious financial transactions from the accounts of PEPs in Azerbaijan through accounts held at Pilatus Bank – now defunct after its chairman was arrested in the US for evading sanctions.

The inquiry also looked into whether evidence existed that the Prime Minister’s wife, Michelle

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