Jonathan Ferris “asked to reveal sensitive information”

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Former Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) official Jonathan Ferris stated that when he was employed as a police officer, someone within the Ministry which was being led by Carmelo Abela had asked him to reveal sensitive information.

This was said in Court while Ferris was testifying in a constitutional case against Police Commissioner Laurence Cutajar, alleging discriminatory treatment and seeking compensation for breach of rights.

In his constitutional application, Ferris said that before his employment with FIAU was terminated in June 2017 he had sent feeler about returning to the police. He was verbally assured that reinstatement should not be a problem since he had a good record in the police force. However, he was not reinstated, and no justification was given for this decision.

He stated that from 2013 onwards, 119 officials were given permission to do so.

In the time that Ferris was stopped from working at the FIAU, the Unit was the centre of controversy after reports surfaced of the FIAU asking the police to investigate the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Keith Schembri, about suspected money laundering.

The application was signed by lawyers Andrew Borg Cardona, Therese Comodini Cachia, Jason Azzopardi and Evelyn Borg Costanzi.

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