Egrant Inquiry: Magistrate warned me he could not protect me – Matthew Caruana Galizia

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Matthew Caruana Galizia, murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s son, said that a year ago, Magistrate Aaron Bugeja told him that he cannot protect him should he choose to uncover information in regards to Egrant.

Caruana Galizia wrote on Facebook, saying that he testified as part of the Egrant inquiry, and added that there were 100s of gigabytes worth of evidence regarding the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi’s alleged corruption. The Magistrate then told Caruana Galizia that he cannot protect him should he uncover the evidence.

“As a result, half the evidence did not become part of the inquiry until it was forced into the hands of the Maltese police by the German Federal Police, who had bought a copy. The magistrate was working completely blind for almost a year, until then. The other half of the evidence consists of emails sent by Nexia BT and Mossack Fonseca after the publication of the Panama Papers.”

Caruana Galizia went on to say that the emails, containing documents regarding Egrant, were forged by Karl Cini and Luis Quiel, a Mossack Fonseca lawyer who was later fired. He claimed that neither Magistrate Bugeja nor Inspector Ian Abdilla ever made a request for this data.

Last Sunday, the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stressed that the main conclusion of the Egrant inquiry is that the documents were falsified.

In July, the Attorney General published the main conclusions of the Magisterial inquiry into Egrant, rather than the full report.

Jacqueline Alexander, an employee of the notorious law firm Mossack Fonseca, claimed that her signature, which had appeared on the declaration of trust of the Egrant company, does not belong to her.

The Egrant inquiry failed to establish whether the account in question, as well as the accounts held by Minister Konrad Mizzi and OPM Chief Keith Schembri, had a bearer or held any other accounts in the United Arab Emirates.