Updated: Maltese IIP agents filmed boasting about having Government relations

Enquête exclusive

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Using hidden cameras, two Maltese agents working in the passports-for-cash scheme were filmed boasting of their close relationship with senior Government ministers.

The journalist for French TV channel M6 acted as a representative of African clients seeking to purchase Maltese passports.

This was aired in a French news programme which gave Malta the title of “corruption paradise”.  

In an episode of Enquête Exclusive (Exclusive Inquiry), a Maltese agent of the Individual Investor Programme (IIP) describes his warm friendship with both Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Julia Farrugia. 

Although the agents’ faces were blurred so that their identities would not be revealed, the footage shows the legal firm’s logo.

The agent from the law firm Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates was pitching his services to sell Maltese passports to potential wealthy African clients.

He said that Julia Farrugia, the parliamentary secretary currently in charge of the programme, was “a childhood friend of my wife”.

The agent then continued to boast on how he and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat were at school together when they were young.

He also named Justice Minister Owen Bonnici as someone they know, adding that he had even worked at their law firm for a period of time.

Licences suspended

The citizenship scheme announced that the Chetcuti Cauchi licenses have been suspended.