Pilatus Bank whistle-blower accused Prime Minister Muscat of intimidating her elderly father in Moscow

Published: August 11, 2017 at 6:46pm

Shortly before she left Malta, Maria Efimova wrote to Prime Minister Muscat in an email dated 15th June, telling him to stop making enquiries about her in Moscow and not to send “dodgy people” to her father’s house there to intimidate him.

The email, sent to the Prime Minister’s preferred mode of communication, [email protected], says:

Dr Muscat,

If you have something against me, there is no need to hire a detective in Moscow to find out if my mother has really passed away. My father is 70, he has recently lost his beloved wife, and he is very upset about dodgy people coming to his house and intimidating him.

Speak to me directly and don’t involve my elderly relatives.

Maria Efimova
Mobile telephone number and address included

The Prime Minister did not reply. A screenshot of the actual email is reproduced below with Mrs Efimova’s personal contact details and former home address deleted.

Mrs Efimova is the former Pilatus Bank employee who revealed that the bank kept in its safe two declarations of trust which identify Prime Minister Muscat’s wife as a shareholder of the Panama company Egrant Inc. The revelations caused a major scandal but did not – as most assume to be the case – trigger a general election.

The general election had already been scheduled for 27th May at the time this website reported on the ownership of Egrant Inc. The reports delayed the election by one week, to the following Saturday.

Mrs Efimova’s father worked for the Russian government before his retirement some years ago. Her mother died last year and she was unable to travel to Russia for the funeral because the Courts of Justice in Malta had sequestered both her passports: her foreign-travel passport and the passport which all Russian citizens require to travel within Russian territory. Requests for the release of her passports at the time were refused.

12 Comments Comment

  1. Sella Turca says:

    The “dodgy people” could also have been or commissioned by Azerbaijan. Let’s not forget that there are other high profile corrupt politicians involved other than the Muscats, whose wrong-doings and dealings are recorded at Pilatus Bank.

  2. Benny Hill says:

    This is the person who the majority of Maltese voters have elected as Prime Minister, for a second term. Nothing but a devious thug, manipulative to the extreme.

  3. Angela Galea says:

    What an unscrupulous criminal he is! What a sorry, unfortunate state Malta is in.

  4. Odyssey says:

    We are dealing with a criminal cartel, similar to Moscow or Mexico. Malta is literally owned by drug barons and Henley & Partners.

  5. No, but Henley & Partners knew when it was going to be.

  6. A. Caffari says:

    It makes no sense to me that Joseph Muscat or anyone around him would be the least bit interested in whether or not her mother really did pass away. If it was one of the Castille gang members that sent the “dodgy character” to investigate, it would have been purely to intimidate and not to investigate.

  7. EarthwormDave says:

    I’m not sure I’d describe Muscat as a jerk. You are too kind. The man’s an evil psychopath. No two ways about it.

    • Jon Borg says:

      Definitely not a jerk. An evil, manipulative fox, who knows his electorate VERY well is more like it. We underestimated the bugger.

  8. Gorg says:

    That must have something to do with the new gas-fired power station and/or the gas storage tanker. There is no record of new gas supplies having been brought in beyond the initial consignment which was months ago, when the original projection foresaw tanker loads of gas coming in at six-week intervals. Something has gone awry somewhere.

    Government, i.e. the tax payer can still be called upon to pay out some Euro 600 million if the new station / storage complex fails, or to buy up the entire complex at tax payers expense under terms agreed in the power station contract.

  9. Manuel Mangani says:

    I think what Sella Turca means is Ms Efimova’s revelations, which were not limited to allegations about the ownership of Egrant, could compromise many other individuals – including some powerful Azerbaijanis – if they are shown to be true.

  10. Joseph Lawrence says:

    You should be able to figure that one out all by yourself.

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