Muscat insists no evidence links him to Montenegro dealings

PL

Former prime minister Joseph Muscat insisted that there was no evidence linking him to any alleged corrupt dealings in Montenegro as he reacted to Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi’s decision to appeal a breach of privilege ruling.

Muscat’s breach of privilege complaint against Azzopardi – concerning claims that he had advance knowledge of the plan to assassinate Daphne Caruana Galizia – was upheld by Speaker Anġlu Farrugia, who referred Azzopardi to the Privileges Committee.

Azzopardi filed an appeal, though in his reaction to the ruling, he said that he fully expected referral to the committee, where he pledged to summon numerous witnesses, including a number who are currently imprisoned.

The former PM, who resigned in disgrace in the face of a wave of anti-government protests late last year, said that while Azzopardi was free to believe that he was involved in any corrupt dealings in Montenegro, he could not in any way state that this was known to be the case.

“The only multi-million project I was involved in was the inquiry which looked at my assets everywhere on earth and found nothing,” Muscat said, in reference to the inquiry looking into the ownership of Panama company Egrant, opened concurrently with secret companies owned by his chief of staff Keith Schembri and disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi.