Mizzi returns to Malta, after being absent for months – report

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi has returned to Malta on Tuesday afternoon, local media outlet Net reported.

Mizzi returned from the United Kingdom at 5.30pm. Speaking to the reporters on site, Mizzi claimed he was away “on business”.

The former tourism minister resigned amid the political crisis in November 2019. He had stayed on as a member of parliament and was even awarded a lucrative contract as a consultant with the Malta Tourism Authority within days of resignation. The contract was worth €80,000 plus perks annually. It was eventually rescinded after it came to light and caused public outrage.

Anti-corruption group, Repubblika, had called upon the Police to start the process to issue a request for a European arrest warrant so that Konrad Mizzi is brought back to Malta, back in May.

Opposition spokesperson for justice and MP had accused Prime Minister Robert Abela of seeking a guarantee that the new police commissioner – whoever it may be – would not investigate or arrest the former minister.

During Monday’s parliamentary session, it emerged that Mizzi was still receiving his full salary as MP despite missing sittings since March. Mizzi had justified his absence on medical grounds.

Mizzi was the only EU-serving minister to be found having an off-shore Panamanian company and had retained his post before resigning at the height of the political crisis which also sparked the resignation of former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and eventually caused disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to step down in January.