Magistrate refers senior partner to Chamber of Advocates for breaching Code of Ethics

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A senior partner in a law firm whose licence to sell Maltese passports was suspended in the wake of the revelations by a French TV programme has been referred to the Chamber of Advocates for breaching the code of ethics.

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Rule of law NGO Repubblika filed an application requesting an inquiry into alleged trading in influence in connection with the sale of Maltese passports. Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo in a decree referred the incident to the Chamber of Advocates.

Lawyer Jean Philippe Chetcuti from Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates was filmed by M6 boasting of his political connections to serve clients seeking to acquire Maltese citizenship. He boasted about his friendship with Justice Minister Owen Bonnici who once worked for the firm, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Julia Farrugia Portelli and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

His company was the first to be granted a licence when Labour came into power in 2013 and unexpectedly announced the scheme.

The court referred the matter to the attention of the president of the Chamber of Advocates.