Alleged smuggler Darren Debono met with the Naval Attaché within the United States Embassy in Malta. This meeting was set to lobby for the removal of the sanctions against his vessels and other personal assets from the office controlling foreign assets.
Debono, who is a former football player, was asked to collaborate with the embassy by providing information on Mediterranean smuggling networks.
Darren Debono and Gordon Debono have asked the Courts not to allow the authorities to issue further sanctions against them. Gordon Debono is also being accused of involvement in a contraband ring by the Italian police.
The Maltese attempt to issue UN sanctions against the two, was vetoed by the Russian Federation, one of the five permanent members at the UN’s Security Council.
In a questionnaire, Darren Debono was asked to unveil drug trafficking syndicates, his clients and how the vessels’ crew are paid.
In an affidavit, the former footballer declared that the attaché also asked him to reveal what he knew about the request for the replenishing of fuel to war vessels made by the Russian government to Maltese authorities and Malta’s refusal to abide by the demand.
Darren Debono also declared that he is being threatened and used as a scapegoat.