• Analysis: Election Roundup – Day 18 - Protecting whistleblowers and sources

    The fundamentals of our democracy are once again a main issue in this election campaign.And the situation does not appear rosy at all.Editors have been asked to reveal their sources. Whistleblowers who should be getting protection are receiving notice of criminal libel. Emails that were sent by the Nationalist Party ...

  • 'Incredulous' that Pilatus Bank continues operating in Malta

    Despite the allegations involving Pilatus Bank, which showed it was a "money laundering machine", it was incredible that it was allowed to continue operating as usual, the Opposition leader said today. The fact that the Malta Financial Services Authority has permitted the bank to continue operating as though nothing has happened ...

  • EU Parliament to hold plenary session on Malta in June, after election

    The European Parliament is set to discuss the situation in Malta after the island’s general elections, during a plenary session which will take place sometime in June, most likely on 13 or 14.A well informed EU Parliament source speaking with this newsroom explained that the reason for this debate is not ...

  • ADB agrees to lend $500 million to Azeri gas project

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a $500 million loan to Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz 2 project, the Azeri finance ministry said today. The ADB said earlier this year it was considering lending money to Azerbaijan to help fund the second stage of development of the Shah Deniz natural ...

  • EXCLUSIVE: €1 million transferred into PEP account – FIAU Report

    Evidence which has reached The Malta Independent from a source who worked closely with Pilatus Bank until a few months ago suggests that an FIAU investigation into Pilatus Bank on dubious accounts held for Politically Exposed Persons in Malta and Azerbaijan resulted in a damning report which has been kept ...

  • Attorney General has duty to provide explanation to the public - Simon Busuttil

    Attorney General Peter Grech had seen the FIAU report on Pilatus Bank and did not do anything about it, and therefore he should provide an explanation to the public for his inaction, Leader of the Opposition Simon Busuttil said today.Addressing a press conference at Gardjola Gardens, Senglea, on the fourth ...

  • A year of the Panama Papers

    22 February 2016 – Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia posted the first major hint that the biggest scandal in Maltese history was about to break. “It’s traditional to eat lamb on Easter Sunday, so Konrad Mizzi and his estranged wife Sai Mizzi Liang will be getting theirs from New Zealand, courtesy ...

  • Watch: Tight-lipped Pilatus bank chairman skirts around questions; sticks to his guns

    Pilatus Bank Chairman Seyed Ali Sadr Hashemineja remained tight-lipped when faced with many questions surrounding the serious allegations that his bank was used as a vehicle for corruption and kickbacks during an interview with The Malta Independent, still refusing to confirm or deny whether OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, ...

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    Caspian oil & gas Exhibition

    Caspian oil & gas Exhibition si svolgerà a Baku (Azerbaijan) presso il Baku Expo Exhibition and Convention Center dal 31 maggio al 3 giugno 2017. L’Agenzia ICE sarà presente con un Punto Italia, dotato di area incontri e servizio catalogoteca per le aziende interessate. La Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition di Baku è ...

  • The Malta-Azerbaijan connection - chronology of a saga

    Azerbaijan, along with Panama, has become the most talked about foreign country in the wake of allegations by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia that the South Caucasus country has been funnelling money, through a company owned by the dictator’s daughter Leyla Aliyeva, to companies owned by Minister Konrad Mizzi, the Prime ...

  • Muscat says 'fabricated' documents contained data from 'some' electoral registry

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this morning reiterated claims that transcripts of documents linking his wife to Panama company Egrant had been falsified, insisting more than one piece of information did not tally. Fielding questions from journalists following a press conference this morning, Dr Muscat said that declarations of trusts would have ...

  • Heated debate between PM and PN Leader ends as proof remains scarce

    A fierce debate between Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and PN Leader Simon Busuttil over allegations that the former's family is involved with Egrant Inc - the third company named in the Panama Papers scandal - has ended, as proof by both sides was scarce.The debate was held on Xarabank on ...

  • Azerbaijan Minister in Malta to ‘renew relationship, discuss EU agreements'

    Azerbaijan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Elmar Mammadyarov this evening arrived in Malta together with members from the board of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).The delegation met with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the Auberge de Castille. Dr Muscat emphasised the importance of strengthening the relationship between ...

  • Azerbaijan foreign minister, Socar vice-president visiting Malta

    The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, will arrive in Malta today for talks with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Foreign Minister George Vella. He will be accompanied on the three-day visit by Elshad Nasirov, vice president of oil company Socar and Azerbaijani ambassador Mammad Ahmadzada. The minister is also expected to ...

  • Election: The great election guessing game

    The question everyone has been asking publically, behind closed doors or to themselves is when, exactly, the next general election will be held.  And truth be told, the answer is not an easy one and quite possibly the only sure bet is that the man who holds the prerogative to ...