The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit: a grave situation in which two ‘non-compliant’ officials have been summarily removed

Published: June 30, 2017 at 5:31pm

“PN expresses serious concern over removal of two top FIAU officials”, the headline says today. Serious concern? I express serious concern about the amount of sugar in soft drinks.

More is required to convey the full and true gravity of this terribly dangerous situation. But when you are raised in Maltese you never quite grasp the scope and potential of words in other languages and how nuanced they are.

I say this because language shapes thoughts and thoughts shape language, and one of the reasons there are so many problems with thinking in Malta, just as there are in the United States of America, is vast numbers of people have a lexicon of very few words.

If they had more thoughts they would need more words to express them, and if they had more words it would encourage them to have more thoughts.

I will write about the gravity of the situation at the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit later on this evening or tomorrow, because serious concern simply doesn’t cut it. Another state institution has been captured and decimated – not only for the protection of the crooks in government, but equally crucially, for the harassment of the enemies of those crooks and the government they run.

The ‘next five’ is when entrenchment and consolidation takes place, and when enemies are purged, harassed and eliminated. This is dangerous to everyone. It makes Malta an unsafe and threatening place in which to live, and no amount of money can make up for the choice people are then forced to make between sucking up and losing self-respect (and peace of mind) or living in constant fear of retaliatory harassment.

Meanwhile, you will have read the reports of the removal of two top FIAU officials, so please post your comments here.

Jonathan Ferris, the former Economic Crimes Unit police officer who moved to the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit late last year and has now been summarily asked to clear his desk along with another top FIAU official.

13 Comments Comment

  1. Stephen Forster says:

    The purge. Very similar in fact to Nazi Germany post 1933.

  2. Kugin says:

    It’s not a linguistic issue, that would be easy to fix. It’s an attitude problem. And this party attitude can also be seen in its supporters. If you express shock people will say ‘uff xi dwejjaq fik!’

    • just me says:

      I don’t agree. Most PN supporters are shocked and alarmed at all the scandals and corruption of the last four years.

  3. EarthwormDave says:

    It could be the beginning of the end. Either for Malta as a democracy or for Muscat as a full-blown dictator. From what I have read the key questions seem to be:

    1. Whether either or both these people will blow the whistle on what is really happening in Malta.

    2. What can be done if either or both of them blow the whistle to the foreign press or international authorities.

    If Charles Cronin and/or Jonathan Ferris are reading this, I should be hugely grateful if you would do everything you possibly can to wipe that smirk off the evil psychopath’s face.

  4. Cruel is not the right word. Criminal is.

  5. Doriette Rizzo Naudi says:

    If it’s true that the two officials (as reported elsewhere) were employed late 2016 AND the leaked reports were written long before that, then their dismissal raises a host of spine chilling questions.

  6. COMPANY NOT ACCOUNT. Please for God’s sake get that right.

  7. may borg says:

    What you have described above is all the proof many are clamouring for. These are not actions taken by honest, transparent politicians who have nothing to hide but by those who are corrupt, greedy and ready to f*** a country for their own gain.

  8. Matthew Camilleri says:

    Why? Cos someone was sacked? It is very possible that the documents that were leaked were all the information that was needed to know who leaked them. Remember, leaking such documents is still a crime, even if done for the ‘right’ reasons.
    This is a method that Thatcher used to use, where briefing documents used to have different punctuation and thus any leak could be easily traced back to just one individual.

    • I think you’ll find that the FIAU reports were written long before the sacked officials joined the FIAU. They were still in their ‘probationary’ period, which is why the government was able to ask them to leave without giving them a reason why.

  9. Precious voters – at 44% of the electorate? Malta needs a sense of perspective.

  10. Chimaera says:

    The head of the European Parliament’s PANA Committee is now demanding information about these dismissals.

  11. Tabatha_White says:

    The only crime, in this context, is to support a dishonest criminal Prime Minister.

    When one acts to right a crime, especially when the institutions there to guard against it are non-functional, it is not a crime.

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