Keith Schembri’s protective puppets

Published: June 6, 2017 at 10:46pm

We’re not in safe hands, chaps. These are two faces of the rule of law, side by side at an eve of Sette Giugno ceremony: the Commissioner of Police and the chairman of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, who is also the Attorney-General.

The one chairs the state anti-money-laundering body which prepared reports into the activities of Schembri and his associates (and Konrad Mizzi and Brian Tonna, too), and the other one buried them when his job was to trigger an investigation.

What would the police have done if the FIAU reports were about you or your business? They would have pounced. You’d have been hauled over the coals and into court.

34 Comments Comment

  1. Albert Beliard says:

    “What would the police have done if the FIAU reports were about you or your business? They would have pounced. You’d have been hauled over the coals and into court.”

    No shit. Malta is under anarchy.

    • J. Borg says:

      It’s not anarchy. It’s selective justice. A bit like alternative facts.

    • Tabatha_White says:

      Watching Muscat’s diehard supporters is like watching supporters of Robert Mugabe. He has used them all and greed and brain-defenciency are happy to have been used.

      Very desperate situation.

  2. bernie says:

    But they were applauded by 55%. They must be congratulating themselves. They are not the bad guys. Just the toys and tools of the really bad ones.

  3. Daniel Borg says:

    Seated next to each other! The irony.

  4. Monitoring magisterial inquiries is nobody’s job, let alone the Opposition leader’s.

  5. And who would be in charge of the ‘higher independent board’? Well, exactly.

    The reason why the police haven’t taken action is because they have no interest in taking action against a cabinet minister and the PM’s chief of staff.

    How is a higher board going to change that – a higher board appointed by the PM?

  6. How do you propose getting the vote of the government benches for the sort of people who will make sure that the police take action on the FIAU reports about a cabinet minister and the PM’s chief of staff?

  7. Francis Saliba MD says:

    That would be a useless duplication of authorities who would probably be in conflict or both would be spineless passing the buck between them as is the case of the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General.

  8. Exactly. And while he was being positive, they were mocking him and treating him like a twit, and those were the signals potential voters were picking up. That’s exactly why they called him weak.

    The minute he began ripping into them, they panicked, and the switchers flooded back. It’s as simple as this: you can’t convey the gravity of a situation by being nice, or by taking time out for smiles at ceremonies.

  9. L.Gatt says:

    Yes, I agree. Muscat has the edge that he begins his electoral (marketing) campaign on day one. That is, he never stops campaigning.

    Busuttil wasted three years. This time the PN should try to maintain the momentum it gathered in the last months regardless of the election result. Another three years of “soul searching” and “reflection” are not going to cut it.

    This applies to presumable Nationalist voters who are advocating love and peace and the good of Malta and congratulating Labour MPs all over social media, in the spirit of good sportmanship as though this was a football match. It is truly sickening.

    Communicating a confused message is worse than communicating none at all. It weakens any stand taken later, however valid it may be.

    Busuttil spent a long time playing the underling, making his road even more uphill when he finally acquired stature and needed to convince people to acknowledge it and to trust in him.

    This is part of the reason why his message was perceived as “negative” – because it came too late and during a blitz electoral campaign. There was no build-up to it – it was all smiles and “tolerance” for three years.

  10. Anna says:

    Can the EU intervene in such investigations? Will the EU take further action, after Muscat and Schembri did not reply/go to the investigation they had to undergo back on 18th May? Please reply as I have no idea.

  11. Leone Brincat says:

    For the first time in my life I did not read either party’s electoral programme because I wanted to vote against corruption. Besides, the amount of information bombarding electors got to be too much.

  12. Anna Cassar says:

    L-anqas jisthu

  13. pacikk says:

    Ah well. The people seem happy about these dodgy arrangements as they voted Labour back into power.

  14. Is sixer says:

    To be a lackey is one thing, to know you are a lackey and accept being an outright puppet is hitting the pits.

  15. Deborah says:

    Because they have no shame, don’t seem to have a conscience and seem to have forgotten what honesty is – not forgetting their allegiance to the oath they took on commencing their new post.

  16. EarthwormDave says:

    He will never do this. Not in a million years. He’s modelling Malta on Erdogan’s Turkey. We are looking at a dictatorship. The only hope is that innocent people, like journalists and lawyers, do not end up in prison.

  17. just me says:

    That has now become a compliment since most of those who showed real courage before the election were women. Daphne Caruana Galizia, Marlene Farrugia and the Russian whistleblower are all women who are an inspiration to all with the immense courage they show.

    Anyway, that expression must have been invented by some man with a pumped up ego who considered women as “the weaker sex”.

  18. Why Joe Saliba? He was great at it in his own time, but the world, technology and society move on.

  19. Jozef says:

    The end justifies the means is vintage Mintoff, Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici and Labour’s social justice since 1949.

    Perhaps the time has come to understand how the exaltation of violence, intimidation and the abolishment of human dignity provide evidence of WHY they do it. The MLP is back.

    We cannot limit ourselves to what they do, it is time to challenge WHY they do it. If we don’t we still validate their motive and provide valency to the design.

    I will not have anyone with the ideologies a thing of the past either.

    Nor will I tolerate the compassionate leftie bullshit.

    Stop being useful idiots.

  20. Carmen says:

    Agree. Just before election day I overheard a restaurant owner tell her employees that she doesn’t care and people in government can steal all they want and do what they like – so long as her business is doing well. Unfortunately that way of thinking gave us the result we got.

    • may borg says:

      Not just a restaurant owner. I was flabbergasted to hear a professional/businessman say: “L-aqwa li ma jmissux lili u jitla’ min irid.”

      • Typical Maltese pirate.

      • D Cassar says:

        Well it’s not like there is a political party that represents small business owners and both parties ran on who is damaging the country more.

        If he had to weight any pros and cons, he was not going to find one better than the other, so, I wouldn’t blame him. I would blame the parties and candidates who didn’t reach out or run on a platform that engages him (I’m presuming it’s a him).

        And anyway, it’s not like PN cares about the allegations, the party is too busy licking its own wounds rather than call for justice at the moment – where’s the fire, where’s the outrage? Does the call for justice end when the election is lost?

        Where are the street demonstrations? Where are the protests? It’s not a resounding undemocratic defeat – there are only 15,000 more of them and most likely most of the moderates – so you can easily voice your outrage by taking to the streets.

        I think that would be credibility, because the effort is now not solely self-serving.

  21. Yes, it’s obviously still a major problem for him. But it’s OK, I tend to last longer than Labour leaders.

  22. D Cassar says:

    Apocalyptic much on a fairly fought election?

  23. Matthew S says:

    Chris Said has absolutely no charisma. You need someone with smarts, strategy and charisma. In the current circumstances, you also need someone who is in it for the long haul and does not mind losing elections.

  24. Just ice says:

    Crooked men who think they are above the law.

  25. Why would you need to ‘chase’ something like that?

  26. That’s the Opposition’s job – or a fully staffed newsroom’s.

  27. You’re wrong. Maltese institutions are completely different to those of other EU member states. Everyone is appointed by the Prime Minister, or on the advise of the Prime Minister, and even the Commissioner of Police survives at the Prime Minister’s mercy. Also there are no independent prosecuting authorities. Where else in Europe does that happen?

  28. Charles Azzopardi says:


  29. Tony says:

    What the PN needs is a Marlene Farrugia. The way she beat the PN strongmen in the 10th district is proof enough. No wonder she said the candidates there were short of what men needs down there.

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