Reports say Mizzi, Schembri released from interrogation

Updated 08:50 AM
Keith Schembri Konrad Mizzi @ ECU Hamrun

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Ex-Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and ex-Labour Minister Konrad Mizzi have spent the day being interrogated by the Economic Crimes Unit.

Reports are saying that ex-Labour Minister Konrad Mizzi has been released after more than 24 hours in police custody, at around 5pm. Reports are also saying that Keith Schembri was released an hour later.

At around 6pm, Keith Schembri ‘s lawyers were seen exiting the building without their client.

Earlier this morning

Former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri has been taken in by the Police and is being questioned over suspected financial crimes. Newsbook.com.mt is reliably informed that Schembri was picked up by police at his Mellieħa home at around 7am.   

Informed sources have told this portal that Schembri was ‘named’ by Konrad Mizzi who is still in police custody for questioning. Both men are being investigated by the Economic Crimes Unit. The Times of Malta reports that the interrogation follows also messages between Mizzi and Yorgen Fenech, which were lifted from Fenech’ phone.

Keith Schembri’s lawyers, Dr Edward Gatt and Dr Mark Vassallo, infront of the ECU building in Ħamrun

Schembri had already been arrested in September, together with Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna and Karl Cini, following the conclusion of an inquiry into kickbacks Schembri allegedly received on the sale of passports. He was released without charge and was set to remain on police bail until mid October.

Konrad Mizzi questioned by police

Sources have confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi was being interrogated at the Police headquarters by members of the Economic Crimes Unit. It is believed that these investigations revolve around money laundering or bribery.

Konrad Mizzi’s lawyers, Dr Carol Peralta and Dr Jean Paul Sammut, infront of ECU building in Ħamrun, just before noon

During his terms as minister, Konrad Mizzi has been accused of having participated in deals in Malta and overseas which were alleged to be corrupt. These included the deal with Vitals, Electrogas and the Montenegro wind farm.

Both Keith Schembri and Konrad had resigned from their post within the Government.

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