Following the testimony of Inspector Kurt Zahra during the compilation of evidence against Yorgen Fenech which resumed on Monday, Maria Efimova, the Russian whistleblower who blew the cover off the Egrant account and its links to Pilatus Bank stated on Facebook that despite all the information that is emerging, Malta still does not offer her any kind of protection as a whistleblower.
“Ali Sadr is free. Joseph Muscat is free. Pilatus bank prosecutions are about to begin. Despite all that, Malta is not offering any kind of protection to me. To say that I am afraid is to say nothing,” said Maria Efimova.
On Facebook Efimova wrote that “Joseph Muscat, Malta’s former Prime Minister, is very likely connected with the murderers of Daphne Caruana Galizia.” Referring to pardoned middleman Melvin Theuma, she wrote that “the main witness in the case of Daphne’s assassination was slaughtered at his own house with police being outside ‘guarding’ him.”
On Monday, in court, it was also revealed that Yorgen Fenech was part of a What’s app group chat with Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri.
Also, yesterday in court, Police Inspector Kurt Zahra testified that Yorgen Fenech, who stands accused of complicity into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is also being investigated over the alleged importation of cyanide.
The Russian whistleblower had passed on the information on the secret company in Panama, Egrant, to the slain journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia. In that information, Efimova had claimed that Egrant Inc belongs to the former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s wife, Michelle Muscat. However, there was no proof which supported her claim.
This was established through a magisterial inquiry which eventually led to criminal proceedings for calumny against her.
In the inquiry’s conclusion, Mr Justice Aaron Bugeja said that while Ms Efimova gave some statements deemed to be true, many others were found to be false.
The inquiry ordered the police commissioner to start criminal proceedings against Ms Efimova.
Reacting to the magisterial comments Efimova had stood by what she had said, adding “If I only had the trust declarations I wouldn’t say anything but I saw the transactions”. She had also stated that if authorities want the truth then they should follow the money.