“Abdilla’s removal clears path for prosecution of Mizzi, Schembri, Fenech”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The removal of Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Abdilla as head of the Economic Crimes Unit has cleared the path for the police to investigating financial crime and bring charges against disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi, former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and murder suspect Yorgen Fenech, among many others, the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation said on Tuesday evening.

During his first press briefing as Police Chief, the newly appointed Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa informed that he was replacing Abdilla with Alexandra Mamo who was herself a contender for the post of Police Commissioner.

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation welcomed the news that Abdilla was being replaced saying that his leadership of the unit will be remembered for its incompetence, lack of initiative and blindness to the people involved in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The foundation said that it hopes that the appointment of Mamo is the beginning of a new era in fighting financial crime.

“During Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri’s term at the Office of the Prime Minister, the Malta Police Force failed to prosecute the multiple and interrelated crimes which Daphne Caruana Galizia exposed, suggesting it was captured by organised criminal interests.”

The foundation noted that Mamo has to fight financial crime on two fronts: investigating the possible complicity of her former colleagues, including Silvio Valletta and Ray Aquilina, while investigating and bringing charges against Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi, Yorgen Fenech, Turab Musayev, and many others.

The foundation called on Prime Minister Robert Abela to give all the resources necessary for Mamo and her team to do their job properly.

“Prime Minister Abela must be proactive in giving Mamo all the resources necessary for her and her team to do their job properly, without waiting for anyone to ask for them, and ensuring that there is proper separation of powers to prevent direct interference in police work.”

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation reiterated their call for a Europol Joint Investigation Team which would allow the new Economic Crimes Unit head and her team to freely pursue money trails across borders ‘with the speed, efficiency and professionalism that has always been missing’.