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  • Malta: Opposition Calls for Top Officials to Resign Over 17 Black

    Malta’s opposition is demanding the resignation of the tourism minister and the prime minister’s chief of staff after investigative journalists revealed their connections to a shady enterprise called 17 Black in Dubai through Panama companies, Reuters reported on Monday.

  • Mystery Company Named by Murdered Maltese Journalist Linked to Power Station Developer

    Documents obtained by Reuters and the Daphne Project show two Panamanian companies owned by two Maltese politicians – one the Energy Minister and one the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff – expected to get payments from an offshore company connected to the man who won a key government concession to build a large power plant.

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  • Pilatus Bank Shut Down By European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank withdrew the banking licence of Pilatus Bank in Malta, the country’s financial authority reported on Monday. The bank is at the heart of several investigations including money laundering and fraud.

  • Police Seize €55 Million in Malta-Italy Fuel Smuggling Bust

    Italian authorities seized assets worth €55 million (US$63 million) and arrested an Italian suspect while trying to take down a Maltese fuel smuggling network, the Malta Independent reported on Sunday.

  • The Passport King who Markets Citizenship for Cash

    How a small firm of wealth advisers built up a $3 billion “golden passports” industry and gained influence in the Caribbean.

    Christian Kalin, founder of Henley & Partners, talks about press coverage of the citizenship by investment industry in an April 2018 interview. (Credit: YouTube)Christian Kalin, founder of Henley & Partners, talks about press coverage of the citizenship by investment industry in an April 2018 interview. (Credit: YouTube)

     

  • “Golden Passports” Threaten European Security, Warns EU Commissioner

    “Citizenship for sale” has come under increasing scrutiny from governments and security agencies.

    EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova speaking in an interview with AFP this year. (Credit: YouTube)EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova speaking in an interview with AFP this year. (Credit: YouTube)

  • TI Calls On Restrictions to Golden Visa Schemes

    Migration to Europe is easier if you’re rich, according to a report released Wednesday by Transparency International and Global Witness. The report highlights the accessibility to European countries through Golden Visa schemes that mostly benefit the powerful and even the corrupt.

  • Malta, A Modern Smugglers’ Hideout

    Malta’s smugglers are creative in plying their trade, and international authorities are working hard to keep up. The ports of Valletta provide them with an ideal base – one shared with the accused murderers of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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  • Malta: Suspects in Journalist’s Murder Charged with Money Laundering

    Two of the suspects in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia were charged with money laundering on Wednesday, the Times of Malta reported. The brothers claimed to be unemployed, yet lived lavishly with luxury boats and cars.  

  • Official Calls for More Press Freedom in EU, Less Graft in Malta

    The European Commissioner for Justice harshly criticized the lack of press freedom throughout Europe as well as Malta’s track record of corruption and money laundering in her speech on Thursday in Malta.

  • Italy Seizes Millions from Online Gambling Business

    Italian authorities seizedover 20 million euros inassets from a group accused of managing an illegal online gambling business on behalf of the ‘Ndrangheta, police announced on Thursday.

  • How Maltese Online Gambling Became an ATM for the Italian Mafia

    Online gambling is huge in Malta — but it's not all fun and games. Here's how the island's internet casinos have become cash machines for the Italian mafia.

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  • Death in a Smugglers’ Paradise

    How two unlikely business partners — a beloved Maltese footballer and a Libyan militia chief— enlisted help from a man connected to the Sicilian mafia to develop a multi-million-euro fuel smuggling business in the Mediterranean.

    Fishing boats in Marsaxlokk harbor, Malta, with a view of the Delimara power station.Fishing boats in Marsaxlokk harbor, Malta, with a view of the Delimara power station.

  • Malta MP: Police Tipped Off Alleged Killers of Caruana Galizia

    A Maltese opposition Member of Parliament and lawyer for the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday accused a police sergeant of tipping off the three men arrested for her murder allowing them to dispose of evidence.

  • Experts Urge EU Parliament to Protect Journalists

    The situation concerning freedom of media is “alarming” as only a fraction of the world’s population enjoys a free press, an EU official warned on Wednesday. Experts want new laws to protect investigative journalists.

  • UK Branch of Pilatus Bank Closed Down

    Pilatus Bank closed down its UK branch after investigative journalists revealed that dozens of companies owned by Azerbaijan’s ruling elite had moved millions of euros through the bank.

  • Maltese Taxpayers Losing Out in Gas Deal with Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan's state energy company won an opaque contract to sell gas to Malta. Documents obtained by investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia before her death indicate that the island's taxpayers could be overpaying by tens of millions of dollars a year.

    An LNG tanker moored off the village of Marsaxlokk, location of the recently constructed Delimara Power Station, which runs on natural gas. Credit: ReutersAn LNG tanker moored off the village of Marsaxlokk, location of the recently constructed Delimara Power Station, which runs on natural gas. Credit: Reuters

  • TI Calls for an End to Anonymous Companies

    Transparency International is urging the world’s richest nations to increase the transparency of beneficial owners of shell companies after a new investigation revealed that a Maltese bank was used to launder millions for the Azerbaijani ruling family, the organization stated in a press release Tuesday.

  • EU’s Justice Head Will Travel to Malta To Examine Corruption

    The European Union’s justice commissioner, Vera Jourova, will travel to Malta in the next few weeks to assess the country’s anti-money laundering process and to check in on the investigation of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

  • Pilatus: A Private Bank for Azerbaijan’s Ruling Elite

    Over the last three years, two top families in Azerbaijan’s ruling elite used dozens of secret accounts in Malta’s private Pilatus Bank to transfer cash into Europe and funnel millions of dollars into investments in luxury property, hotels, and businesses.

    The flag of Pilatus Bank flies from its offices in Whitehall Mansions in Ta’ Xbiex, Malta. Photo (c): REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiThe flag of Pilatus Bank flies from its offices in Whitehall Mansions in Ta’ Xbiex, Malta. Photo (c): REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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