PANA Committee chairman describes how Keith Schembri refused to turn up for inquiry hearing

Published: February 22, 2017 at 12:32pm

Monday, 20th February, Valletta, in the afternoon – this was a press conference addressed by Werner Langen, chairman of the PANA Committee which was set up by the European Parliament and mandated to inquire and report in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

He describes how Keith Schembri, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, failed to turn up to the inquiry hearing, sending a messenger with an 11th-hour letter full of excuses and insults, which was handed to Mr Langen in the street just as the hearing was about to begin.

Schembri’s letter, which verges on the insane and is the clearest sign that he is collapsing under pressure, includes a crazy attack on me and the frighteningly absurd demand that the PANA Committee should investigate me instead of him. Read it here: Keith Schembri’s ‘sick note’ to the PANA Committee

This letter reveals that the balance of Schembri’s mind is disturbed and that there are now also psychiatric reasons why he should not be left in a position of such power, to add to the reasons of grave physical illness and crimes of corruption and money-laundering.

Meanwhile, I have discovered that this clique is using a company called 17 Black, which is incorporated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and registered in Dubai, to move large sums of money around. The ultimate beneficial ownership of 17 Black is concealed by nominees protected under UAE law, but the money movements indicate that it is definitely owned by one of them. I do not yet have information on whether the money movements involving 17 Black have been included in the report which the Police received from the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit.