You are in charge of the government, Muscat. Go get the documents yourself.

Published: April 21, 2017 at 3:05am

The Prime Minister was at his most deceitfully fatuous tonight, challenging me to take my documents to the police.

This is the man who is actually in charge of the police, who can sack and appoint Police Commissioners, and who stops them from investigating people like John Dalli, his chief of staff, and Konrad Mizzi – and now, also himself.

This is the man who ignored and dismissed a thorough investigation by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit into the extracurricular activities of his chief of staff and Konrad Mizzi.

This is the man who sacked a Police Commissioner to protect John Dalli. This is the man who is ultimately in charge of all of Malta’s investigative authorities (because that’s how weak the checks and balances are in this country).

And he’s telling me to take documents to the police – while his chief of police eats rabbit in Mgarr and the Iranian chairman and owner (with four St Kitts & Nevis passports) hurriedly packs files into suitcases at Pilatus Bank and, helped by the bank’s Maltese risk manager, smuggles them out of the building – only to find a news crew waiting.

It was a stroke of luck that the news crew caught them – an unbelievable stroke of luck – but it’s a damn shame they didn’t know that the man they had caught sneaking documents out of the building, the man who refused to speak to them, was the actual owner of the bank. And they would never have imagined it was – who would have thought it.

I was watching the film on television and said, completely startled, “Oh my God, that’s actually Hasheminejad. That’s the man who owns the bank – the shifty Iranian with the assorted St Kitts & Nevis passports. The chairman of the bank is smuggling files out of the bank. And my God, that’s his risk manager with him. This is madness. The Malta Financial Services Authority gave a banking licence to this?”

18 Comments Comment

  1. Never make the mistake of trying to convince everyone. “The poor will be with us always” does not apply only to material matters.

  2. Jekk taqta – l-aktar meta l-bank ghandu kont tal-habib intimu ta’ Bannister, John Dalli, u jaf kollox dwar l-intricci tal-chief of staff tal-prim u l-bella compagnia.

  3. The European Central Bank will act on reports about Pilatus Bank, but those reports have to be made.

    • RosB says:

      In fact a banking licence is revoked upon the recommendation of the Malta Financial Services Authority to the European Central Bank.

      • Isn’t it the other way round? The MFSA is the licensing authority.

      • RosB says:

        No. The European Central Bank acts on the recommendation of the MFSA. Take the example of Nemea Bank. I also suggest that one has to dig deeper why Nemea Bank’s Bank licence has been revoked considering that one of its directors was Lawrence Gonzi – but with regards to Pilatus Bank nothing is being done. Tghid ghaliex hux?

  4. Peritocracy says:

    But throw him a rabbit bone and he’ll suck it dry.

  5. leon 1 says:

    Puppets do and move as their boss tells them to do.

  6. Edgar Gatt says:

    Antoniella Gauci should be investigated immediately.

  7. RosB says:

    So the Police Commissioner is saying that he needs documents. Well, that’s what he should have done – seize the documents from Pilatus Bank.

  8. Rifless says:

    I hope that all this will result in criminal action be taken against all those involved in this triad. Moreover, once the judgement be passed against Muscat, I suggest that Muscat should not be deprived of not having a monument dedicated to him like we have of previous prime ministers like Sir Paul Boffa and Dr Gorg Borg Olivier.

    BUT there has to be one difference: Muscat’s monument should be placed just outside the entrance to parliament and he be depicted handcuffed. This would serve as a reminder to all politicians who enter or aspire to enter that building of the consequences of taking such a public office for own gain.

  9. Just ice says:

    Needless to say another puppet.

  10. Sowxal says:

    Our intrepid Sherlock Holmes does not go looking for documents connected to criminal activity. He expects them to be delivered to him, preferably not while he is attacking a plate of rabbit though.

  11. Do find something more interesting to do.

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